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Lombardi Award

The Rotary Lombardi Award is awarded annually to the best college football lineman or linebacker. The Lombardi Award program was approved by the Rotary Club in Houston in 1970 shortly after the death of Vince Lombardi, for whom the Super Bowl trophy is also named. The committee outlined the criteria for eligibility for the award, which remains in place to this day. A player should be a down lineman on either offense or defense or a linebacker who lines up no farther than five yards deep from the ball. The main part of the trophy is 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." A nominee must show leadership, courage, desire, respect for authority and discipline.

The voting electorate is made up of the head coaches from all Division I schools, sports media personnel from across the country, and former winners and finalists of the Rotary Lombardi Award. Currently the total number of voters is approximately 500. The Ohio State University currently holds the record for most Lombardi awards with 6.

In 2011 the Detroit Lions became the first ever NFL team to select a Lombardi Award winner in two consecutive NFL Drafts. Ndamukong Suh, 2nd overall in 2010, and Nick Fairley, 13th overall in 2011.


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

Winners by school

School Winners
Ohio State 6
Nebraska 5
Notre Dame 5
Oklahoma 3
Texas 3
Pittsburgh 2
Auburn 2
Florida State 2
Alabama 1
Arizona 1
Arizona State 1
Boston College 1
Georgia 1
Houston 1
Maryland 1
Miami (FL) 1
Michigan 1
Michigan State 1
North Carolina 1
Penn State 1
Texas A&M 1
Virginia Tech 1
Washington 1

See also

External links

  • Official website
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