OUTLAND TROPHY AWARD DINNER
JANUARY 9, 2019 – At the Downtown DoubleTree Hotel – 16TH & DODGE ST , OMAHA,NEBRASKA
For the 22nd consecutive year, The Greater Omaha Sports Committee and Football Writers Association of America will present the 73rd Outland Trophy to college football’s top interior lineman, last years recipient was ED OLIVER, Defensive Tackle from the University of Houston.
The Outland Trophy Award Dinner will be held Wednesday, January 9th at 7:00 pm at the Downtown DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 16th & Dodge Streets. The Outland Trophy, which has been awarded annually by the FWAA is named after the late Dr. John Outland. A life-long football fan and athlete, Dr. Outland donated $1,000 to the Football Writers in 1946 to sponsor the award that he always lamented the lack of recognition that the lineman received even in the earliest days of the college game.
Last years Outland Trophy Dinner was a huge success. Three Past Outland Award recipients were present to welcome Ed Oliver to the Outland Fraternity. The University of Nebraska’s Larry Jacobson ’71, Zach Wiegert ’94, and Dave Rimington ’81, ’82, were present as well as ’71 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Rodgers, Jerry Murtaugh, Chris Brown, Alex Henry, Bob Sledge, Tim Johnk, Barrett Rudd, Greg Austin, Ryan Held and many others. All helped make this a Special night.
The 5th Tom Osborne Legacy Award Sponsored by Omaha Downtown Rotary also will be presented at the dinner.
Tom Osborne, the legendary former Nebraska coach, will recognize a coach or player who made contributions to the Outland Trophy or interior line play in college football and who has made great contributions to the game through charity and community work. Last year the Tom Osborne Legacy Award recipient was Bobby Bowden, Florida State University head Football Coach.
One of the most dynamic coaches in College Football. Bowden led FSU to his 1st National Title in 1993 by beating Nebraska in one of the most memorable championship games in history. He then went on to a BCS National Championship in 1999, as well as twelve Atlantic Coast Conference championships since FSU joined the conference in 1991.
The Amazing Night doesn’t stop there, we will also recognize at the dinner for the 21st straight year the Nebraska Football Senior Awards winners, last years 2017 Award Winners were – the Novak Trophy – Chris Weber (Linebacker), the Chamberlin Trophy -Drew Brown (Place Kicker) and the Cletus Fischer Native Son – Luke McNitt (Fullback).
Omaha also Hosts the 5th Annual Outland Semi-Finalists Announcement Reception Party. The Football Writers Association narrows the search of the best linemen throughout the country to 5-7 semi-finalists, it will be held at the Old Matress Factory Downtown (501 N 13th St.), Thursday – November 15th. The Evening begins at 7pm when Greg Sharpe via Facetime congratulates the semi-finalists and we got to see their reactions Live to being selected and their responses and interactions to Greg’s questions. Also at this Event there are door prizes and a silent Auction! Doors open at 6pm.
As you can see, if you are a football fan you want to be apart of these events. Tickets for this Event and the Outland Dinner on January 9th, are on Sale and can be Reserved by calling 402.346-8003.