Rotary Lombardi Releases Top 20 Nominees and Event Date

Share Article

Top 20 nominations for the Rotary Lombardi Award are announced along with the award ceremony date in Houston, TX.

News Image

The Rotary Lombardi Award committee via the Rotary Club of Houston announced today the top 20 nominations for the Rotary Lombardi Award. The award ceremony, that will be broadcast nationally, will be held in Houston Saturday, February 11, 2017.

Since 1970 the Lombardi Award has been presented to the nations’ top college football lineman. In 2016, eligibility advanced to include all player positions who demonstrate outstanding performance and skill in offensive or defensive positions and best exemplify the discipline, virtue and wisdom that defined Vincent Lombardi's exceptional brand of leadership. The Top 20 selection includes a variety of player positions including four quarterbacks, five offense and 11 traditional defensive positions.

Players earned a position on the preliminary watch list by receiving All-American honors, being named to their respective all-conference teams, or by receiving 2016 pre-season honors. The Top 20 nominations was narrowed by votes from an electorate made up of head coaches from all FCAA FBS winners and finalists, as well as, sports journalists and members of the Football Writers Association of America. Currently there are approximately 400 voters.

The Top 20 Rotary Lombardi Award Nominations include:

Name, Position, University
Jonathan Allen, DE, Alabama
Reuben Foster, ILB, Alabama
Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama
Montravius Adams, DT, Auburn
Carl Lawson, DE, Auburn
Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson
Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson
Delvin Cook, RB, Florida State
DeMarcus Walker, DE, Florida State
Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville
Jabrill Peppers, LB/DB, Michigan
JT Barrett, QB, Ohio State
Pat Elflein, C, Ohio State
Evan Engram, TE, Ole Miss
James Connor, RB, Pittsburgh
Ejuan Price, DL, Pittsburgh
Donnell Pumphrey, RB, San Diego State
Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee
Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A & M
Jake Browning, QB, Washington

Net proceeds from the Rotary Lombardi Award activities are contributed to cancer research and children who cannot afford treatment to fight the disease that claimed the life of Vince Lombardi. The Rotary Lombardi Award is hosted by the Rotary Club of Houston and benefits the American Cancer Society, MD Anderson Cancer Center and the Texas Children’s Hospital.

The award ceremony date will be announced later in the football season along with updated lists of award candidates. Visit for more information and continued updates.


Share article on social media or email:

View article via:

Pdf Print

Contact Author

RoShelle Salinas
Rotary Lombardi Award
+1 281-509-1682
Email >