Touchdown Club of Columbus

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The Touchdown Club of Columbus was founded in Columbus, Ohio, in 1956 by Sam B. Nicola at the request of State Auditor James A. Rhodes, who later became governor of the state.[1] Nicola served as the club's president until his death in 1993. More than a decade later, his son Sam Nicola, Jr. took over the Touchdown Club.[1]

Awards[edit]

The Touchdown Club of Columbus gives several awards to recognize outstanding athletes.[2][3]

The Sammy Baugh Trophy[edit]

Main article: Sammy Baugh Trophy

The Sammy Baugh Trophy is awarded annually to the nation's top collegiate passer.

The Jim Brown Trophy[edit]

This honor goes to the NCAA's top running back, recently named for Hall of Famer Jim Brown.

List of winners

Paul Warfield Award[edit]

Named for Paul Warfield, this honor is given to the nation's top collegiate wide receiver.

List of winners

The Jim Parker Trophy[edit]

Given yearly to the top collegiate offensive lineman. Named for Ohio State great and Hall of Famer Jim Parker.

List of winners

The Bill Willis Trophy[edit]

Named for Bill Willis, this award is given yearly to the top collegiate defensive lineman.

List of winners

The Jack Lambert Trophy[edit]

Named for Jack Lambert, this award is given yearly to the top collegiate linebacker.

List of winners

The Jack Tatum Trophy[edit]

Since 1991 Given yearly to the top collegiate defensive back. Named after Ohio State All-American Jack Tatum.

List of winners

The Archie Griffin Award[edit]

Main article: Archie Griffin Award

The Archie Griffin Award signifies college football's Most Valuable Player for the entire season.[4]

The Chic Harley Award[edit]

Main article: Chic Harley Award

Named for Chic Harley, this award is presented to the College Football Player of the Year.

The Kellen Moore Award[edit]

The award differs from Sammy Baugh Trophy in that it goes to top quarterback, rather than the top passer. Formerly known as the Quarterback of the Year Award, it took on its new name in 2012. Moore, the 2010 and 2011 winner, went 50-3 as Boise State's starting quarterback, making him the FBS all-time leader in wins at the position.

List of winners

Ozzie Newsome Award[edit]

List of winners

The Woody Hayes Trophy[edit]

Named for Woody Hayes, this award recognizes the top collegiate coach.

List of Winners

Freshman of the Year[edit]

Given yearly to the top college football newcomer.

List of winners

The Vlade Award[edit]

Named in honor of Vlade Janakievski, one of the most accurate placekickers in Ohio State football history, this award is given yearly to the most accurate college football kicker.

List of winners

The Paul Brown Trophy[edit]

See also: NFL Coach of the Year Award#Touchdown Club of Columbus NFL Coach of the Year

Named for Paul Brown, this trophy is presented annually to the NFL Coach of the Year.

List of Winners

Joe F. Carr Trophy[edit]

Named for Joseph Carr, this trophy was presented annually (from 1955-1978) to the NFL Player of the Year. Not to be confused with the Joe F. Carr Trophy which was the official National Football League MVP award from 1938-46. However, both trophies are named after Carr, a former NFL commissioner.

List of Winners

The Sam B. Nicola Trophy[edit]

Named for the Club's founder, this trophy is presented annually to the National High School Player of the Year.

  • 1981 Kevin Wihite Cordova, CA
  • 1982 Robert Banks Hampton, VA
  • 1983 Chris Spielman Massilon, OH
  • 1984 Ned Bolcar Phillipsburg, NJ
  • 1985 Jeff George Indianapolis, IN
  • 1986 Emmitt Smith Pensacola, FL
  • 1987 Todd Marinovich Mission Viejo, CA

The James A. Rhodes Trophy[edit]

The James A. Rhodes Trophy is awarded annually to the Ohio High School Player of the Year.

The Muhammad Ali Trophy[edit]

This annual recognition goes to the nation's top boxer. Errol Richardson of Lakota East

TDC Lifetime Achievement Award[edit]

The Touchdown Club of Columbus also gives the annual TDC Lifetime Achievement Award to a selected athlete.

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