FRISCO, Texas (AP) — The late Grant Wahl will receive the Colin Jose Media Award this year, given to journalists who have made a long-term contribution to football in the United States.

Wahl died aged 49 on December 10 after collapsing while covering the World Cup quarter-final between Argentina and the Netherlands in Lusail, Qatar.

Wahl will be honored at induction into the American Football Hall of Fame in Frisco, Texas on May 6, the hall announced Wednesday. Landon Donovan, DaMarcus Beasley, Lauren Cheney Holiday, Kate Sobrero Markgraf, former USA women’s coach Jill Ellis and Steve Zungul will be inducted into the room.

Wahl worked for Sport Illustrated from 1996 to 2021, covering football and college basketball, then launched his own website. He has also worked for Fox and CBS, and he has written the books ‘The Beckham Experiment’ about England star David Beckham’s move to Major League Soccer’s LA Galaxy and ‘Masters of Modern Soccer’.

An autopsy by the New York City Medical Examiner’s Office determined that Wahl had died of an aortic aneurysm.

The award, first awarded in 2004, is named after the Hall’s distinguished historian.


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