Press Release 3 – WINNER ANNOUNCED

Press Release Semi-Finalists 2016, November 16th 2016

Press Release 2016 – Release #1

The Greater Omaha Sports Committee
In Cooperation With The Omaha World Herald,
Downtown Omaha Rotary and Douglas County

7015 SPRING ST * OMAHA, NEBRASKA 68106-3518
(402) 346-8003 * FAX (402) 346-5412



For the 20th consecutive year, the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) has awarded Omaha the Outland Trophy Award Dinner presentation. This Year the Outland Trophy Award Dinner will be held Wednesday, January 11, 2017, at the Downtown DoubleTree Hotel, Omaha, Nebraska.

The Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards announced on ESPN Thursday, Dec. 8, from 7-9 p.m. from the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, GA, that University of Alabama’s offensive tackle Cam Robinson, is winner of the 2016 Outland Trophy. This year’s winner and his coach will be in attendance at the Dinner on January 11th.

The FWAA awarded the Outland Trophy Award Dinner to the Greater Omaha Sports Committee in 1997. Since that time the Sports Committee has presented the Outland Trophy to Aaron Taylor –NU (’97), Kris Farris –UCLA (’98), Chris Samuels –Alabama (’99), John Henderson –University of Tennessee (2000), Bryant McKinnie –University of Miami (2001), Rien Long –Washington State University (2002), Robert Gallery – University of Iowa (2003), Jammal Brown – University of Oklahoma (2004), Greg Eslinger – University of Minnesota (2005) – Joe Thomas, University of Wisconsin (2006), Glenn Dorsey, Louisiana State University (2007), Andre Smith, University of Alabama (2008), Ndamukong Suh, University of Nebraska (2009), Gabe Carimi, University of Wisconsin (2010), Barrett Jones, University of Alabama (2011), Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M University (2012), Aaron Donald, University of Pittsburgh (2013), Brandon Scherff, University of Iowa (2014), and last year to Joshua Garnett from Stanford University.

Since the Outland Trophy winners from 1946 through 1987 received only plaques – they did not receive the authentic Outland Trophy, Downtown Rotary has presented Authentic Outland Trophies to the following past recipients: George Connor, Notre Dame, the first recipient (’46); Larry Jacobson, NU (’71); Rich Glover, NU (’72); Dave Rimington, NU, (’81-’82); Dean Steinkuhler, NU (’83); Mark May, University of Pittsburgh (’80); Chad Hennings, Air Force Academy (’87); Joe Steffy, West Point Military Academy (’47), Ron Yary, USC (’67), Bill Fischer, Notre Dame (’48), Lee Roy Selmon, Oklahoma (’75), J.D. Roberts, Oklahoma (’53), John Hicks, Ohio State (’73), Mike McGee, Duke (’59), Bobby Bell, University of Minnesota (’62), Loyd Phillips, University of Arkansas (’66), Jim Ritcher, North Carolina State (’79), Ross Browner, Notre Dame (’76), last year to Randy White, Maryland (’74) and this year we will present Greg Roberts, Oklahoma (’78) his authentic Outland Trophy Award.

Also appearing at the dinner for the 19th straight year will be the winners of Nebraska’s football senior awards Tom Novak Trophy: Tommy Armstrong, Jr. – QB, given annually to the senior who “best exemplifies courage and determination despite all odds.” Guy Chamberlin Trophy: Jordan Westerkamp – R, which goes to the senior “who has shown by his play on and off-field contributions to the betterment of the Nebraska football squad in the tradition of Guy Chamberlin” and Cletus Fischer Native Son Award: – Josh Banderas – LB, and Sam Foltz – P, given annually by the coaches to the player who “best exemplifies good work ethic, competitiveness, leadership, pride and love of Nebraska”.

The 3rd Annual Tom Osborne Legacy Award will also be presented to Barry Switzer, former head football coach from the University of Oklahoma at the Outland Trophy Award Dinner. The Tom Osborne Legacy Award is awarded for making extraordinary contributions to the Outland Trophy and to the interior line play in college football; for exhibiting the characteristics of integrity, sportsmanship and fair play associated with Tom Osborne; for demonstrating a record of leadership and good citizenship in the community that’s consistent with Rotary International’s primary motto, “Service Above Self”. The inaugural award was presented to Milt Tenopir, Coach from University of Nebraska at Lincoln and last year was to Jim Ridlon, Sr., from the University of Syracuse.

The Outland Trophy is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA), which was founded in 1997 as a coalition of the major collegiate football awards to protect, preserve and enhance the integrity, influence and prestige of the game’s predominant awards. The NCFAA encourages professionalism and the highest standards for the administration of its member awards and the selection of their candidates and recipients. For more information, visit the association’s official website, www.NCFAA.org.

The Football Writers Association of America, a non-profit organization founded in 1941, consists of more than 1,400 men and women who cover college football. The membership includes journalists, broadcasters and publicists, as well as key executives in all the areas that involve the game. The FWAA works to govern areas that include game-day operations, major awards and its annual All- America team. For more information about the FWAA and its award programs, contact Steve Richardson at tiger@fwaa.com or 972-713-6198.

The Greater Omaha Sports Committee, founded in 1977, is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, consisting of more than 900 men and women from the City of Omaha, the State of Nebraska, and others. The membership serves to communicate, develop, initiate and promote sports activities in the Greater Omaha sports area. In addition to the Outland Trophy Award Dinner, the Greater Omaha Sports Committee promotes high school, college, and professional sports in the Greater Omaha area and the Midwest.

For Additional Information, Contact:

Bob Mancuso Jr u Chairman – Greater Omaha Sports Committee

7015 Spring Street, Omaha, NE 68106-3518

(402) 346-8003 * Fax (402) 346-5412 * bmancuso@showofficeonline.com


Sponsored By: The Greater Omaha Sports Committee

in co-operation with the Omaha World Herald,

Downtown Omaha Rotary & Douglas County

For Additional Information, Contact:

Greater Omaha Sports Committee

7015 Spring Street, Omaha, NE 68106-3518

(402) 346-8003 * Fax (402) 346-5412 * info@showofficeonline.com


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