Lombardi Award

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Rotary Lombardi Award
Lombardi Logo.jpg
Given forthe best college football lineman or linebacker
LocationHouston, Texas
CountryUnited States
Presented byRotary International
First award1970
Most recentJonathan Allen, Alabama

The Rotary Lombardi Award is awarded annually to the best college football lineman or linebacker. The Lombardi Award program was approved by the Rotary International club in Houston in 1970 shortly after the death of famed National Football League coach Vince Lombardi.[1] 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 further than five yards deep from the ball.[2]

The voting electorate is made up of the head coaches from all NCAA Division I schools, sports media personnel from across the country, and former winners and finalists of the Lombardi Award. The total number of voters is approximately 500.[3] Ohio State University holds the record for most Lombardi awards with six. Orlando Pace, the only two-time winner (1995 and 1996), is the most recent offensive lineman to be honored.

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".[4]


The prior Lombardi Award logo.
Year Player School Position
1970 Jim Stillwagon Ohio State Defensive tackle
1971 Walt Patulski Notre Dame Defensive tackle
1972 Rich Glover Nebraska Defensive tackle
1973 John Hicks Ohio State Offensive tackle
1974 Randy White Maryland Defensive tackle
1975 Lee Roy Selmon Oklahoma Defensive end
1976 Wilson Whitley Houston Defensive end
1977 Ross Browner Notre Dame Defensive end
1978 Bruce Clark Penn State Defensive tackle
1979 Brad Budde USC Offensive guard
1980 Hugh Green Pittsburgh Defensive end
1981 Kenneth Sims Texas Defensive tackle
1982 Dave Rimington Nebraska Center
1983 Dean Steinkuhler Nebraska Offensive tackle
1984 Tony Degrate Texas Defensive tackle
1985 Tony Casillas Oklahoma Defensive tackle
1986 Cornelius Bennett Alabama Linebacker
1987 Chris Spielman Ohio State Linebacker
1988 Tracy Rocker Auburn Defensive tackle
1989 Percy Snow Michigan State Linebacker
1990 Chris Zorich Notre Dame Defensive tackle
1991 Steve Emtman Washington Defensive tackle
1992 Marvin Jones Florida State Linebacker
1993 Aaron Taylor Notre Dame Offensive tackle
1994 Warren Sapp Miami Defensive tackle
1995 Orlando Pace Ohio State Offensive tackle
1996 Orlando Pace Ohio State Offensive tackle
1997 Grant Wistrom Nebraska Defensive end
1998 Dat Nguyen Texas A&M Linebacker
1999 Corey Moore Virginia Tech Defensive end
2000 Jamal Reynolds Florida State Defensive tackle
2001 Julius Peppers North Carolina Defensive end
2002 Terrell Suggs Arizona State Defensive end
2003 Tommie Harris Oklahoma Defensive tackle
2004 David Pollack Georgia Defensive end
2005 A. J. Hawk Ohio State Linebacker
2006 LaMarr Woodley Michigan Linebacker
2007 Glenn Dorsey LSU Defensive tackle
2008 Brian Orakpo Texas Defensive end
2009 Ndamukong Suh Nebraska Defensive tackle
2010 Nick Fairley Auburn Defensive tackle
2011 Luke Kuechly Boston College Linebacker
2012 Manti Te'o Notre Dame Linebacker
2013 Aaron Donald Pittsburgh Defensive tackle
2014 Scooby Wright III Arizona Linebacker
2015 Carl Nassib Penn State Defensive end
2016 Jonathan Allen Alabama Defensive end

See also[edit]


  • "Vince Lombardi Award Winners". Sports Reference. Retrieved July 16, 2017.
  1. ^ "The Rotary Lombardi Award". The Rotarian. Rotary International. 167 (6): 34. December 1995. ISSN 0035-838X. Retrieved July 16, 2017.
  2. ^ Reineking, Jim (July 14, 2015). "2015 Rotary Lombardi Award watch list". NFL.com. Retrieved July 16, 2017.
  3. ^ "Texas' Orakpo wins Lombardi Award". ESPN.com. Associated Press. December 10, 2008. Retrieved July 16, 2017.
  4. ^ "Michigan's Woodley wins Lombardi Award". USA Today. Associated Press. December 6, 2006. Retrieved July 16, 2017.

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