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Gagliardi Trophy

Gagliardi Trophy
Image of the Gagliardi Trophy
Awarded for Outstanding Division III college football player of the year
Location Salem, Virginia
Country United States
Presented by Salem Rotary Club
First awarded 1993
Currently held by Kevin Burke, Mount Union (Alliance, Ohio)
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The Gagliardi Trophy was first presented in 1993 to the Outstanding Division III college football player of the year by the Jostens Company and the J-Club of Saint John's University in Minnesota. Since that time, the award has become one of the leading collegiate football awards and is widely recognized as the premier individual award in Division III football, honoring excellence in athletics, academics and community service. The award is named for John Gagliardi, head football coach of Carroll College 1949 to 1952 and St. John's University in Minnesota from 1953 to 2012. The trophy is presented by the Salem Rotary Club each year in Salem, Virginia.


Year Player Position School Class
1993 Jim Ballard Quarterback Mount Union Senior
1994 Carey Bender Running Back Coe Senior
1995 Chris Palmer Wide Receiver St. John's (Minnesota) Senior
1996 Lon Erickson Quarterback Illinois Wesleyan Senior
1997 Bill Borchert Quarterback Mount Union Senior
1998 Scott Hvistendahl Wide Receiver/
Augsburg Senior
1999 Danny Ragsdale Quarterback Redlands Senior
2000 Chad Johnson Quarterback Pacific Lutheran Senior
2001 Chuck Moore Running Back Mount Union Senior
2002 Dan Pugh Running Back Mount Union Senior
2003 Blake Elliott Wide Receiver/
Punt/Kick Returner
St. John's (Minnesota) Senior
2004 Rocky Myers Safety Wesley (Delaware) Senior
2005 Brett Elliott Quarterback Linfield Senior
2006 Josh Brehm Quarterback Alma Senior
2007 Justin Beaver Running Back Wisconsin–Whitewater Senior
2008 Greg Micheli Quarterback Mount Union Senior
2009 Blaine Westemeyer Offensive Tackle Augustana (Illinois) Senior
2010 Eric Watt Quarterback Trine Senior
2011 Michael Zweifel Wide Receiver Dubuque Senior
2012 Scottie Williams Running Back Elmhurst (Illinois) Senior
2013 Kevin Burke Quarterback Mount Union Junior
2014 Kevin Burke Quarterback Mount Union Senior

Winners by school

School Winners
Mount Union 7
St. John's (MN) 2
Alma 1
Augsburg 1
Augustana (IL) 1
Coe 1
Dubuque 1
Elmhurst 1
Illinois Wesleyan 1
Linfield 1
Pacific Lutheran 1
Redlands 1
Trine 1
Wisconsin–Whitewater 1
Wesley (DE) 1

External links

  • The Gagliardi Trophy

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