Washington D.C. Touchdown Club

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The Washington D.C. Touchdown Club was started in 1935 with a passion for charity and sports. In the ensuing years the Club has benefited many local charities as well as providing scholarships to deserving student/athletes. The Touchdown Timmies, the club's trophies, are given each year to athletes who excelled in their respective arenas including professionals, college and scholastic players. Additionally, the Club provided monies to 15 charitable organizations each year.

Recently, the name was changed to "Touchdown Club Charities of Washington, DC". It was founded by a group of college football enthusiasts in 1935, among them Dutch Bergman. The motto is "Children, Scholarship, and Community".

The Timmie Awards began with a formal dinner at the Willard Hotel in 1937 where All-American Quarterback Marshall Goldberg was honored as Best Player of the Year. Over the past sixty years, the club's dinner awards programs honoring of more than 200 outstanding college players and hundreds of professional high school athletes, have attracted celebrities from many fields and national media attention.

Touchdown Club Founder[edit]

Arthur "Dutch" Bergman was a "man of a dozen talents and as many careers is gone. If ever there was anything Dutch Bergman could not do well, then he had never tried it. The handsome silver-haired man who died Friday night (August 18, 1972) got his wish — he never retired. At 77 he was still serving as the manager of the D.C. Armory and RFK Stadium."--Bob Addie, a Washington sports columnist.

Bergman was an outstanding back with George Gipp on the Notre Dame teams of the 1920s. He was later assistant football coach at the University of Minnesota and the University of New Mexico, and head coach at Catholic University, winning their first Orange Bowl in 1936, and head coach of the Eastern Division titlist Washington Redskins of 1943. Dutch was also an Army flyer in World War I, a mining engineer, a top-level Government official, a sports writer, a broadcaster and, finally, manager of the D.C. Armory and RFK Stadium.

The "Timmie Awards" are the name given to the awards that the club awarded beginning in 1946. In addition to an NFL Player of the Year, they also award a Coach of the Year and administered the Washington Redskins team awards, among others. The club was the first to award a "MVP" award to a defensive player, Gene Brito, in 1955. The Philadelphia Maxwell Club awarded a similar honor to Andy Robustelli in 1962.

NFL Player of the Year Awards[edit]

As voted on by the Washington D.C. Touchdown Club
1945Bob Waterfield, Cleveland Rams
1946Bill Dudley, Pittsburgh Steelers
1947Sammy Baugh, Washington Redskins
1948Sammy Baugh (2), Washington Redskins
1949Steve Van Buren, Philadelphia Eagles; Otto Graham, Cleveland Browns
1950Bob Waterfield, Los Angeles Rams
1951Otto Graham, Cleveland Browns
1952Lynn Chandnois, Pittsburgh Steelers
1953Lou Groza, Cleveland Browns
1954Norm Van Brocklin, Los Angeles Rams
1955Gene Brito, Washington Redskins
1956Frank Gifford, New York Giants
1957John Unitas, Baltimore Colts
1958—Johnny Unitas (2), Baltimore Colts and Jim Brown, Cleveland Browns
1959Charley Conerly, New York Giants
1960—Norm Van Brocklin (2), Philadelphia Eagles
1961Paul Hornung, Green Bay Packers
1962Y. A. Tittle, New York Giants
1963—Jim Brown (2), Cleveland Browns
1964Lenny Moore, Baltimore Colts
1965Pete Retzlaff, Philadelphia Eagles
1966Jim Nance, Boston Patriots, (AFL); Sonny Jurgensen, Washington Redskins, (NFL)
1967Lance Alworth, San Diego Chargers, (AFL); Johnny Unitas (3), Baltimore Colts, (NFL)
1968—Daryle Lamonica, Oakland Raiders, (AFL); Ray Nitschke, Green Bay Packers, (NFL)
1969Lance Alworth (2), San Diego Chargers, (AFL); Sonny Jurgensen (2), Washington Redskins, (NFL)
1970Fran Tarkenton, New York Giants
1971Billy Kilmer,Washington Redskins; Jack Pardee, Washington Redskins
1972Larry Brown, Washington Redskins
1973O. J. Simpson, Buffalo Bills
1974Joe Greene, Pittsburgh Steelers
1975—Fran Tarkenton (2), Minnesota Vikings
1976Roger Staubach, Dallas Cowboys (NFC); Bert Jones, Baltimore Colts (AFC)
1977Walter Payton, Chicago Bears, (NFC); Craig Morton, Denver Broncos, (AFC)
1978Pat Haden, Los Angeles Rams, (NFC); Jim Zorn, Seattle Seahawks, (AFC)
1979Joe Theismann, Washington Redskins (NFC); Dan Fouts, San Diego Chargers (AFC)
1980Steve Bartkowski, Atlanta Falcons (NFC); Brian Sipe, Cleveland Browns (AFC)
1981Tony Dorsett, Dallas Cowboys (NFC); Ken Anderson, Cincinnati Bengals (AFC)
1982Mark Moseley, Washington Redskins (NFC); Dan Fouts (2); San Diego Chargers (AFC)
1983Eric Dickerson, Los Angeles Rams (NFC); Curt Warner, Seattle Seahawks (AFC)
1984—Eric Dickerson (2), Los Angeles Rams (NFC); Dan Marino, Miami Dolphins
1985—Walter Payton (2), Chicago Bears (NFC); Ken O'Brien, New York Jets (AFC)
1986Lawrence Taylor, New York Giants (NFC);Al Toon, New York Jets (AFC)
1987Joe Montana, San Francisco 49ers (NFC); John Elway, Denver Broncos (AFC)
1988Roger Craig, San Francisco 49ers (NFC); Boomer Esiason, Cincinnati Bengals (AFC)
1989—Joe Montana (2), San Francisco 49ers (NFC); Christian Okoye, Kansas City Chiefs (AFC)
1990Barry Sanders, Detroit Lions (NFC); Jim Kelly, Buffalo Bills (AFC)
1991Mark Rypien, Washington Redskins (NFC); Thurman Thomas, Buffalo Bills (AFC)
1992Steve Young, San Francisco (NFC); Barry Foster, Pittsburgh Steelers (AFC)
1993—Mark Stepnoski, Dallas Cowboys (NFC); Rod Woodson, Pittsburgh Steelers (AFC)
1994—Steve Young, San Francisco 49ers (NFC); Junior Seau, San Diego Chargers (AFC)
1995Brett Favre, Green Bay Packers (NFC); Steve Bono, Kansas City Chiefs (AFC)
1996Kevin Greene, Carolina Panthers (NFC); Bruce Smith, Buffalo Bills (AFC)
1997—Brett Favre (2), Green Bay Packers (NFC); Terrell Davis, Denver Broncos (AFC)
1998Randall Cunningham, Minnesota Vikings (NFC); Terrell Davis (2), Denver Broncos (AFC)
1999Kurt Warner, St. Louis Rams (NFC); Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts (AFC)
2000Marshall Faulk, St. Louis Rams (NFC); Rich Gannon, Oakland Raiders(AFC)
2001Kurt Warner (2), St. Louis Rams (NFC); Rich Gannon (2), Oakland Raiders (AFC)
2002—Brett Favre (3), Green Bay Packers (NFC); Rich Gannon (3), Oakland Raiders (AFC)
2003Randy Moss, Minnesota Vikings (NFC); Jamal Lewis, Baltimore Ravens (AFC)
2004Donovan McNabb, Philadelphia Eagles (NFC); Peyton Manning (2), Indianapolis Colts (AFC)
2005Shaun Alexander, Seattle Seahawks (NFC); Carson Palmer, Cincinnati Bengals (AFC)
2006Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints (NFC); LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego Chargers (AFC)
2007—Brett Favre (4), Green Bay Packers (NFC); Tom Brady, New England Patriots (AFC)
2008—Kurt Warner (3), Arizona Cardinals (NFC); Peyton Manning (3), Indianapolis Colts (AFC)
2009—Brett Favre (5), Minnesota Vikings (NFC); Peyton Manning (4), Indianapolis Colts (AFC)

Knute Rockne Memorial Trophy[edit]

Presented annually by the Washington D.C. Touchdown Club to the collegiate lineman of the year
1939Ken Kavanaugh, E, LSU[1][2]
1940Bob Suffridge, G, Tennessee[3]

Walter Camp Memorial Trophy[edit]

Since 1937 presented annually by the Washington D.C. Touchdown Club to the collegiate back of the year
1939Nile Kinnick, HB, Iowa[4]
1959Billy Cannon, HB, LSU[5]
1961Ernie Davis, HB, Syracuse[6]
1962Jerry Stovall, HB, LSU[7]
1963Roger Staubach, QB, Navy[8]
1966Steve Spurrier, QB, Florida[9]
1969Archie Manning, QB, Ole Miss[10]

Touchdown Club Charities Hall of Fame[edit]

Touchdown Club Charities hosts its own Football Hall of Fame. Starting in 2000, the Club has decided to expand its Hall of Fame selection process to include the American public at large. The top 10 nominees will be presented to the public for election. The top five will be elected and inducted into the Hall of Fame at a date subsequent to the election.

Distinguished individuals in the DC Touchdown Club Hall of Fame are players such as “Dutch” Bergman, George Preston Marshall, Knute Rockne, Bronko Nagurski, Jim Thorpe, Bobby Mitchell, Sammy Baugh, Walter Camp, Sonny Jurgenson, Red Grange and Johnny Unitas that are in the Hall of Fame. More recent inductees include Gene Upshaw and Larry Brown[1].

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2013 LSU Football Media Guide-National Awards". http://lsusports.net. Retrieved December 15, 2013. 
  2. ^ Scott, Richard. SEC Football: 75 Years of Pride and Passion. Minneapolis, MN: Quayside Publishing Group. p. 49. ISBN 978-0-7603-3248-1. Retrieved December 15, 2013. 
  3. ^ Scott, Richard. SEC Football: 75 Years of Pride and Passion. Minneapolis, MN: Quayside Publishing Group. p. 52. ISBN 978-0-7603-3248-1. Retrieved December 15, 2013. 
  4. ^ Scott, Richard. SEC Football: 75 Years of Pride and Passion. Minneapolis, MN: Quayside Publishing Group. p. 49. ISBN 978-0-7603-3248-1. Retrieved December 15, 2013. 
  5. ^ "2013 LSU Football Media Guide-National Awards". http://lsusports.net. Retrieved December 15, 2013. 
  6. ^ Gallagher, Robert C. The Express: The Ernie Davis Story. New York, NY: Random House LLC. p. 117-118. ISBN 978-0-345-51086-0. Retrieved December 15, 2013. 
  7. ^ "2013 LSU Football Media Guide-National Awards". http://lsusports.net. Retrieved December 15, 2013. 
  8. ^ "All NACDA Members Opening Remarks and Keynote Address". http://www.nacda.com/. Retrieved December 15, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Sonny Jurgensen And Steve Spurrier At The Touchdown Club". http://blog.redskins.com/. Retrieved December 15, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Red-letter Year For Quarterbacks". http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/. Retrieved December 15, 2013. 

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