The Fritz Pollard Alliance selected Jets' area scout Johnathon Stigall as its AFC Scout of the Year.
"I've seen him excel at his position," said general manager Mike Maccagnan, who presented Stigall at the Alliance's 15th Annual Meeting & Awards Reception. "He's reliable and has great attention to detail. He can always be depended upon for excellent insight and analysis of players."
The Alliance, who continues to aim for more diversity in the NFL hiring process and create more opportunities for minority candidates for coaching, front office and scouting positions, has a committee that annually selects a Scout of Year for both conferences.
"I'd like to thank the Fritz Pollard Alliance and all the advancements they've done to help all of football from head coaches, to general managers down to area scouts where I am," Stigall said. "It means a lot to be honored here, I feel very humbled."
Stigall, who has covered the Midwest for the Jets since joining the organization in 2014, started his NFL scouting career with the Chicago Bears in 1999-2000. He also had stints with the Miami Dolphins (2000-06), the Philadelphia Eagles (2006-10) and the Cleveland Browns (2010-13).
"Fritz Pollard enjoyed a distinguished career that was built on perseverance, respect and an unselfish attitude, of course promoting diversity and inclusion," Maccagnan said. "I feel confident he would be proud to recognize Johnathon with his award."
When he's not on the road, Stigall is spending time with his family in Peoria, IL.
"Even greater than his dedication to the organization has been his love and his commitment to his wife, Melissa, who I've had the good fortune to meet since I've been working with Johnathon, and his four beautiful daughters: Berkeley, Annabelle, Sadie and Sylvie," Maccagnan said. "He generally represents all the attributes you want in a colleague and in a person."