Walter Camp Man of the Year
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|Walter Camp Man of the Year|
|Awarded for||the "Man of the Year" in the world of college football|
|Presented by||Walter Camp Football Foundation|
|Currently held by||Harry Carson|
The Walter Camp Man of the Year is one of seven awards given annually by the Walter Camp Football Foundation. The award is given to the "Man of the Year" in the world of college football. It honors an individual who has been closely associated with the game of American football as a player, coach or close attendant to the game. He must have attained a measure of success and been a leader in his chosen profession. He must have contributed to the public service for the benefit of his community, country and his fellow man. He must have an impeccable reputation for integrity and must be dedicated to our American Heritage and the philosophy of Walter Camp.
2009 Man of the Year
Former Stanford University and Denver Broncos standout quarterback John Elway is the recipient of the Walter Camp Football Foundation's "Man of the Year" award.
"John Elway's heroics and remarkable success on the football field are well known, but his continuing support of game of the football and the greater good symbolizes the life of Walter Camp and make John a deserving recipient of the Man of the Year Award", said Foundation President Alphonse Paolillo, Jr.
Elway was recognized for his tireless community involvement. by establishing the "Elway Foundation", a non-profit organization that raises money directed towards the prevention and treatment of child abuse throughout Colorado. 
2008 Man of the Year
Record-setting placekicker Morten Andersen (Michigan State) was the recipient of the 2008 Walter Camp "Man of the Year" award. Born in Denmark, Andersen attended Michigan State and was named to the 1981 Walter Camp All-America team. Anderson is also a member of the Walter Camp All-Century Team.
After his successful collegiate career, Andersen went on to play 26 seasons in the NFL for five different teams (New Orleans Saints, Atlanta Falcons, New York Giants, Kansas City Chiefs and Minnesota Vikings). Andersen holds the distinction of being the all-time leader scorer in NFL history as well as the all-time leading scorer for two different teams (Saints and Falcons).
A seven-time Pro Bowl selection, Andersen was a member of the NFL All-Decade Teams for both the 1980s and 1990s. Andersen also holds the honor of being the first NFL kicker to kick three field goals of over 50 yards in a single game. For his career, Andersen connected on 565-of-709 (.797 pct.) field goals and 849-of-859 (.988 pct.) extra points for a total of 2,544 points – tops in NFL history.
2007 Man of the Year
Walter Camp All-Century Team member and NFL Hall-of-Famer Dick Butkus, University of Illinois, received the 2007 Walter Camp "Man of the Year" award.
He was a two-time Walter Camp All-America selection (1963 and 1964) while playing center and linebacker. Butkus was an eight-time Pro Bowl selection and was voted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1979. A member of the NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team, Butkus had his number 51 jersey retired by the Bears in 1994.
After his playing career, Butkus became a well-known celebrity endorser, broadcaster and actor. In addition, the Downtown Athletic Club of Orlando, Florida, created the Dick Butkus Award, an award given annually to the most outstanding linebacker in college football.
2006 Man of the Year
Mike Utley, the Former Washington State and Detroit Lions guard. Suffered a career-ending spinal injury during a game in 1991. Utley was awarded because he "has become a symbol of courage with his own rehabilitation" . Also mentioned in his citation was his "commitment to help others with similar injuries".
The Mike Utley Foundation, with the motto "Thumbs Up", has been dedicated to finding a cure for spinal cord injuries and providing the motivational and emotional support for individuals who have been disabled with such injuries.
2015 — Fred Biletnikoff, Florida State
2014 — Jerome Bettis, Notre Dame
2013 — Matt Millen, Penn State
2012 — Herm Edwards, San Diego State
2011 — Harry Carson, South Carolina State
2010 — Will Shields, Nebraska
2009 — John Elway, Stanford
2008 — Morten Andersen, Michigan State
2007 — Dick Butkus, Illinois
2006 — Mike Utley, Washington State
2005 — Dwight Stephenson, Alabama
2004 — Anthony Munoz, Southern California
2003 — Ozzie Newsome, Alabama
2002 — Jim Kelly, Miami (Florida)
2001 — Mike Singletary, Baylor
2000 — Howie Long, Villanova
1999 — Gil Brandt, Dallas Cowboys
1998 — Lou Holtz, Kent State University
1997 — Calvin Hill, Yale
1996 — Lynn Swann, Southern California
1995 — Reggie Williams, Dartmouth
1994 — Dick Anderson, Colorado
1993 — Warren Moon, Washington
1992 — Bob Griese, Purdue
1991 — Mel Blount, Southern
1990 — Nick Buoniconti, Notre Dame
1989 — Paul Brown, Miami (Ohio)
1988 — Andy Robustelli, Arnold
1987 — Levi Jackson, Yale
1986 — Willie Davis, Grambling
1985 — Rocky Bleier, Notre Dame
1984 — Don Shula, John Carroll
1983 — Roger Staubach, Navy
1982 — Merlin Olsen, Utah State
1981 — Otto Graham, Northwestern
1980 — Gale Sayers, Kansas
1979 — Jack Kemp, Occidental
1978 — Floyd Little, Syracuse
1977 — Frederick Dunlap, Colgate
1976 — Edward Krause, Notre Dame
1975 — Pete Dawkins, Army
1974 — Jake Gaither, Knoxville College/Florida A&M
1973 — Duffy Daugherty, Syracuse/Michigan State
1972 — Clinton Frank, Yale
1971 — Doc Blanchard, Army
1970 — Harry Kipke, Michigan
1969 — Pete Rozelle, San Francisco
1968 — Ted Blair, Yale
1967 — Hamilton Fish, Harvard
- Walter Camp Distinguished American Award
- Walter Camp Alumni of the Year
- Amos Alonzo Stagg Award
- National Football Foundation Distinguished American Award
- National Football Foundation Gold Medal Winners
- Theodore Roosevelt Award (NCAA)
- Walter Payton Man of the Year Award
- "Whizzer" White NFL Man of the Year Award