Lombardi Award

Not to be confused with the Vince Lombardi Trophy, which is given to the National Football League Super Bowl winner.
Rotary Lombardi Award

The Rotary Lombardi Award recognizes the best lineman or linebacker in college football.
Awarded for the best college football lineman or linebacker
Location Houston, Texas
Country United States
Presented by Rotary Club in Houston
First awarded 1970
Currently held by Carl Nassib, Penn State
Official website http://www.rotarylombardiaward.com/

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.

Orlando Pace, the only two-time winner (1995 & 1996), is the last offensive lineman to be honored through the 2015 season. Pace went on to a Hall of Fame career in the NFL with the St. Louis Rams.


The prior Lombardi Award logo.
Year Player School Position
1970 Jim Stillwagon Ohio State MG
1971 Walt Patulski Notre Dame DT
1972 Rich Glover Nebraska MG
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 MG
1986 Cornelius Bennett Alabama OLB
1987 Chris Spielman Ohio State ILB
1988 Tracy Rocker Auburn DT
1989 Percy Snow Michigan State ILB
1990 Chris Zorich Notre Dame NG
1991 Steve Emtman Washington DT
1992 Marvin Jones Florida State ILB
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 ILB
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 ILB
2006 LaMarr Woodley Michigan ILB
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 ILB
2012 Manti Te'o Notre Dame ILB
2013 Aaron Donald Pittsburgh DT
2014 Scooby Wright III Arizona ILB
2015 Carl Nassib Penn State DT

Winners by school

School Winners
Ohio State 6
Nebraska 5
Notre Dame 5
Oklahoma 3
Texas 3
Penn State 2
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
Texas A&M 1
Virginia Tech 1
Washington 1

See also

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