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The Lombardi Award is awarded by the Lombardi Foundation annually to the best college football player, regardless of position, based on performance, as well as leadership, character, and resiliency.[1] From 1970 until 2016 the award was presented by Rotary International specifically to a lineman or linebacker. The Lombardi Award program was approved by the Rotary International club in Houston in 1970 shortly after the death of famed National Football League coach Vince Lombardi.[2] The committee outlined the criteria for eligibility for the award, which remained in place until 2016: A player should be a down lineman on either offense or defense or a linebacker who lines up no further than five yards deep from the ball.[3]

Lombardi Award
Lombardi Logo.jpg
Given forthe best college football player
LocationHouston, Texas
CountryUnited States
Presented byLombardi Foundation (since 2017)
History
First award1970
Most recentUgochukwu Amadi, Oregon
Websitehttp://thelombardifoundation.org

The voting electorate is made up of the head coaches from all NCAA Division I schools, sports media personnel from across the country, and former winners and finalists of the Lombardi Award. The total number of voters is approximately 500.[4] Ohio State University holds the record for most Lombardi awards with six. Orlando Pace, the only two-time winner (1995 and 1996), is the most recent offensive lineman to be honored.

The main part of the trophy used to be a block of granite, paying homage to Lombardi's college days at Fordham University as an offensive lineman when his offensive line was referred to as the "Seven Blocks of Granite".[5] A new trophy designed by Texas sculptor Edd Hayes replaced the original block of granite.

WinnersEdit

 
The prior Lombardi Award logo.
Year Player School Position
1970 Jim Stillwagon Ohio State DT
1971 Walt Patulski Notre Dame DT
1972 Rich Glover Nebraska DT
1973 John Hicks Ohio State OT
1974 Randy White Maryland DT
1975 Lee Roy Selmon Oklahoma DE
1976 Wilson Whitley Houston DE
1977 Ross Browner Notre Dame DE
1978 Bruce Clark Penn State DT
1979 Brad Budde USC OG
1980 Hugh Green Pittsburgh DE
1981 Kenneth Sims Texas DT
1982 Dave Rimington Nebraska C
1983 Dean Steinkuhler Nebraska OT
1984 Tony Degrate Texas DT
1985 Tony Casillas Oklahoma DT
1986 Cornelius Bennett Alabama LB
1987 Chris Spielman Ohio State LB
1988 Tracy Rocker Auburn DT
1989 Percy Snow Michigan State LB
1990 Chris Zorich Notre Dame DT
1991 Steve Emtman Washington DT
1992 Marvin Jones Florida State LB
1993 Aaron Taylor Notre Dame OT
1994 Warren Sapp Miami DT
1995 Orlando Pace Ohio State OT
1996 Orlando Pace Ohio State OT
1997 Grant Wistrom Nebraska DE
1998 Dat Nguyen Texas A&M LB
1999 Corey Moore Virginia Tech DE
2000 Jamal Reynolds Florida State DT
2001 Julius Peppers North Carolina DE
2002 Terrell Suggs Arizona State DE
2003 Tommie Harris Oklahoma DT
2004 David Pollack Georgia DE
2005 A. J. Hawk Ohio State LB
2006 LaMarr Woodley Michigan LB
2007 Glenn Dorsey LSU DT
2008 Brian Orakpo Texas DE
2009 Ndamukong Suh Nebraska DT
2010 Nick Fairley Auburn DT
2011 Luke Kuechly Boston College LB
2012 Manti Te'o Notre Dame LB
2013 Aaron Donald Pittsburgh DT
2014 Scooby Wright III Arizona LB
2015 Carl Nassib Penn State DE
2016 Jonathan Allen Alabama DE
2017 Bryce Love Stanford RB
2018 Ugochukwu Amadi Oregon S

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

General
  • "Vince Lombardi Award Winners". Sports Reference. Retrieved July 16, 2017.
Footnotes
  1. ^ Foundation, Lombardi (2017-10-26). "LOMBARDI AWARD UNDER NEW DIRECTION & 2018 EVENT DATE SET". GlobeNewswire News Room. Retrieved 2018-12-07.
  2. ^ "The Rotary Lombardi Award". The Rotarian. Rotary International. 167 (6): 34. December 1995. ISSN 0035-838X. Retrieved July 16, 2017.
  3. ^ Reineking, Jim (July 14, 2015). "2015 Rotary Lombardi Award watch list". NFL.com. Retrieved July 16, 2017.
  4. ^ "Texas' Orakpo wins Lombardi Award". ESPN.com. Associated Press. December 10, 2008. Retrieved July 16, 2017.
  5. ^ "Michigan's Woodley wins Lombardi Award". USA Today. Associated Press. December 6, 2006. Retrieved July 16, 2017.

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