January 12th, 2022 at the Omaha Hilton Downtown

Join us as we will honor the 2021 Outland Trophy Award Winner at the Dinner Sponsored by Werner Enterprises in Omaha. This Years Dinner will be held on Wednesday Jan. 12, 2022 at the Hilton Omaha Downtown.

The Football Writers Association of America (FWAA)  to present the 2021 Outland Trophy.  The Outland Trophy winner is chosen from three finalists who are a part of the annual FWAA All-America Team. The FWAA All-America Committee, after voting input from the entire membership, selects a 26-man first team and eventually the three Outland finalists. Committee members, then by individual ballot, select the winner. Only interior linemen on offense or defense are eligible for the award; ends are not eligible.

In addition, Werner Enterprises, whose home offices are located in Omaha, is the title sponsor of the dinner, which has been produced by the Greater Omaha Sports Committee since 1997.

The Outland Trophy Award Dinner Sponsored by Werner Enterprises will be held Wednesday, January 12th at 7:00 pm at the Hilton Omaha Downtown, 10th & Cass Street. 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 Winner Alex Leatherwood was Presented Live at the Dinner Virtually.

The Outland Trophy Award Dinner will be nice to get back being inperson this year. It will be nice to have Past Outland Award recipients  present to welcome the winner to the Outland Fraternity, such as The University of Nebraska’s Larry Jacobson ’71, Dave Rimmington ’82,’81,  Zach Wiegert ’94  and the University of Alabama’s Barrett Jones ’11 as well as ’71 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Rodgers, Jerry Murtaugh, Brenden Stai, Calvin Jones, Barret Ruud, Damon Benning, Erik Chinander, Greg Austin, Ryan Held,  Scott Frost, Trev Alberts  and many others. All will help make this a Special night.


The 8th Tom Osborne Legacy Award Sponsored by Omaha Downtown Rotary will also be presented at the dinner by Tom Osborne, this year’s recipient is Will Shields – former Husker & Kansas City Chiefs, NFL Hall of Famer.

Will Shields was a perfect selection. The 1st Player selected to receive the Prestigious Award is a perfect selection. Will has as a player through out his career emulated the Class and Respect that Tom Personified, along with exhibiting the characteristics of integrity, sportsmanship and fair play associated with Tom Osborne, and for demonstrating a record of leadership and good citizenship in the community that’s consistent with Rotary International’s primary motto, “Service Above Self,” and he carries these same ideals today as he owns and operates a Sports facility in Kansas City.

     Will Herthie Shields is a former professional football player who was an offensive guard in the National Football League. He played his entire professional career for the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs, and never missed a game in 14 seasons. Shields was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2011 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2015, with the Kansas City Chiefs, he was 3 times All Pro and 4 times 2nd Team All Pro. He played college football for the Nebraska Cornhuskers, earning consensus All-American honors and winning the Outland Trophy. 

The Amazing Night doesn’t stop there, we  will also recognize at the dinner for the 24th straight year the Nebraska Football Senior Awards winners, last years award winners were: Collin Miller – the Novak Trophy (Player who best exemplifies courage and determination despite all odds in the manner of Nebraska All-American center Tom Novak), Dicaprio Bootle – the Chamberlin Trophy (Player who has shown by his play and contributions to the betterment of the University of Nebraska football squad that he has the qualities and dedication of Guy Chamberlin), and the Ben Stille – the Cletus Fischer Native Son, The Award recipients will be presented their awards by Husker Football Coaches who will highlight and address the impact they had on the team this year. 

This Year we are very fortunate to Present at the Dinner the ARMED FORCES MERIT AWARD to Damian Jackson

The Armed Forces Merit Award is presented annually to honor an individual and/or a group with a military background and/or involvement that has an impact within the realm of college football. Officially announced each Veterans Day, the Armed Forces Merit Award recipient is selected by a panel of individuals from the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl.  

Omaha  also will Host the 8th Annual Outland Semi-Finalists Announcement Reception Party. The Football Writers Association narrows the search of the best linemen throughout the country to 6 semi-finalists, it will be held  Wednesday  – November 17th .  The Evening began at 7pm when Greg Sharpe via Zoom congratulated the semi-finalists and we get 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! The Silent Auction is also Online and you can begin bidding Soon! Doors opened at 6pm – Purchase Tickets Today! Only $15 (2 Drink Tickets and Special Door Prize drawing)

As you can see,  if you are a football fan you want to be a part of these events. Tickets for the Outland Dinner  on January 12th, are on Sale and can be Reserved by calling 402.346-8003.

2020 Outland Award Winner Alex Leatherwood

2019 Outland Award Winner Penei Sewell

2018 Outland Award Winner Quinnen Williams

        2017 Outland Award Winner Ed Oliver

       2016 Outland Award Winner Cam Robinson

      2015 Outland Award Winner  Joshua Garnet

2014 Outland Award Winner Brandon Scheriff

2009 Outland Winner Ndamukong Suh

Sponsored By:

Cetera Financial,  Highland Dairy,  Johnstone Supply,  Legends Patio Bar & Grill,  Patton Equipment,  Pinnacle Bank,  Soaring Wings Vineyard,  Sweet & Associates

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