William V. Campbell Trophy

The William V. Campbell, formerly the Vincent dePaul Draddy Trophy, is a trophy awarded by the National Football Foundation that is given to the American college football player with the best combination of academics, community service, and on-field performance. It is considered by many to be the "Academic Heisman."

William Campbell Trophy
Given forThe American college football player with the best combination of academics, community service, and on-field performance
CountryUnited States
Presented byNational Football Foundation
History
First award1990
Most recentJustin Herbert, Oregon
Websitefootballfoundation.org

While many major college football awards are theoretically open to players at all competitive levels, in practice only players at NCAA Division I level win them. The Campbell Trophy is unique in that it has been won by a player at a lower levelBrandon Roberts of Washington University in St. Louis, an NCAA Division III school, in 2002.

The trophy is named for William Campbell, a business executive and former player, captain and head coach at Columbia University. It was previously named in honor of Vincent dePaul Draddy, who served the National Football Foundation (NFF) and its College Football Hall of Fame for thirty-three years, including nineteen years as the chairman of its board of directors. It has become the most prestigious and desirable "academic" award in college football. The trophy recognizes an individual as the absolute best in the country for his academic success, football performance and exemplary community leadership.

A scholar-athlete himself at Manhattan College, Draddy passionately believed in the premise that excellence on the football field could, and should, be consistent with academic distinction and the highest standards of civic leadership. He thought that young men who combined athletic performance with academic excellence should be recognized. After his death in July 1990, the NFF perpetuated his memory and beliefs by establishing a scholarship that would recognize the scholar-athlete who most fully embodies the ideals of the NFF.

In 2014, Fidelity Investments became the presenting sponsor of the Campbell Trophy, with its official name becoming The William V. Campbell Trophy, presented by Fidelity Investments.[1] In 2013, the New York Athletic Club became the official home of the trophy, and it is now on display as part of its Hall of Fame.[2] The $25,000 postgraduate scholarship that accompanies the trophy is endowed by HealthSouth Corporation.[1]

Winners

List of annual recipients since inception in 1990.[3]

YearPlayerSchool
1990Chris HowardAir Force (1)
1991Brad CulpepperFlorida (1)
1992Jim HansenColorado (1)
1993Thomas D. BurnsVirginia (1)
1994Robert B. ZatechkaNebraska (1)
1995Bobby HoyingOhio State (1)
1996Danny WuerffelFlorida (2)
1997Peyton ManningTennessee (1)
1998Matt StinchcombGeorgia (1)
1999Chad PenningtonMarshall (1)
2000Kyle Vanden BoschNebraska (2)
2001Joaquin GonzalezMiami (1)
2002Brandon RobertsWashington (MO) (1)
2003Craig KrenzelOhio State (2)
2004Michael MuñozTennessee (2)
2005Rudy NiswangerLSU (1)
2006Brian LeonardRutgers (1)
2007Dallas GriffinTexas (1)
2008Alex MackCalifornia (1)
2009Tim TebowFlorida (3)
2010Sam AchoTexas (2)
2011Andrew RodriguezArmy (1)
2012Barrett JonesAlabama (1)
2013John UrschelPenn State (1)
2014David HeltonDuke (1)
2015Ty DarlingtonOklahoma (2)
2016Zach TerrellWestern Michigan (1)
2017Micah KiserVirginia (2)
2018Christian WilkinsClemson (1)
2019 Justin Herbert Oregon (1)

References

  1. "Fidelity Investments Named Presenting Sponsor of the NFF William V. Campbell Trophy". footballfoundation.org. National Football Foundation. Retrieved 2017-06-09.
  2. "NYAC Named Official Home of The NFF William V. Campbell Trophy". footballfoundation.org. National Football Foundation. Retrieved 2017-06-09.
  3. https://footballfoundation.org/roster.aspx?roster=12
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