An Ottawa Sun story by Elisabeth Johns says McRae won his 11th Dunlop for a June 2007 story titled "This Isn't How a Legend Should End."
It detailed J.I. Albrecht's "journey from his life as a (CFL) football star to his life at a Toronto nursing home, where he spent his last six months bedridden and in pain."
Sun editor-in-chief Mike Therien said McRae was able to "peel back the layers of a complicated" legend, the story says.
Jeff Morgan, a copy editor, picks up a Dunlop Unsung Hero Award.
The awards will be presented June 26 in Toronto.