The award is given to the top high school football quarterback in Southwestern Pennsylvania.

By: KDKA-TV News Staff

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Pine-Richland quarterback Cole Spencer has been named the winner of the first annual Willie Thrower Award.

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The award is given to the top high school quarterback in Southwestern Pennsylvania.

Spencer helped lead his team to win the PIAA 6A State Championship during the 2020 season.

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Brad Birch, Ameer Dudley, Cole Spencer, Ethan Dahlem, and Jake Pugh were the five finalists for the first annual Willie Thrower Award (Photo Credit: Submitted)

Willie Thrower was he NFL’s first Black quarterback, having played for the Chicago Bears in 1953.

The four-runners up were:

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  • Ethan Dahlem, Upper St. Clair
  • Ameer Dudley, Central Valley
  • Jake Pugh, Thomas Jefferson
  • Brad Birch, Jeannette

Voters for the finalists included a panel of two coaches from the 18 WPIAL conferences and the City League along with 32 media members.