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The Touchdown Club of Columbus was founded in Columbus, Ohio, in 1956 by Sam B. Nicola at the request of State Auditor James A. Rhodes, who later became governor of the state.[1] Nicola served as the club's president until his death in 1993. More than a decade later, his son Sam Nicola, Jr. took over the Touchdown Club.[1]

AwardsEdit

The Touchdown Club of Columbus gives several awards to recognize outstanding athletes.[2][3]

The Sammy Baugh TrophyEdit

The Sammy Baugh Trophy is awarded annually to the nation's top collegiate passer.

The Jim Brown TrophyEdit

This honor goes to the NCAA's top running back, recently named for Hall of Famer Jim Brown.

Past winners

Paul Warfield AwardEdit

Named for Paul Warfield, this honor is given to the nation's top collegiate wide receiver.

List of winners

The Jim Parker TrophyEdit

Given yearly to the top collegiate offensive lineman. Named for Ohio State great and Hall of Famer Jim Parker.

Past Winners

The Bill Willis TrophyEdit

Named for Bill Willis, this award is given yearly to the top collegiate defensive lineman.

Past winners:

The Jack Lambert TrophyEdit

Named for Jack Lambert, this award is given yearly to the top collegiate linebacker.

Previous Winners

The Jack Tatum TrophyEdit

Since 1991 Given yearly to the top collegiate defensive back. Named after Ohio State All-American Jack Tatum.

Previous winners

The Archie Griffin AwardEdit

The Archie Griffin Award signifies college football's Most Valuable Player for the entire season.[4]

The Chic Harley AwardEdit

Named for Chic Harley, this award is presented to the College Football Player of the Year.

Quarterback of the Year AwardEdit

The award differs from Sammy Baugh Trophy in that it goes to top quarterback, rather than the top passer. In 2012, it will be renamed the Kellen Moore Award. Moore was the 2010 and 2011 winner, and is the FBS all-time leader in wins as a starting quarterback with 50 wins.

Past winners:

Tight End of the YearEdit

The Woody Hayes TrophyEdit

Named for Woody Hayes, this award recognizes the top collegiate coach.

List of Winners

Freshman of the YearEdit

Given yearly to the top college football newcomer.

Previous Winners

The Paul Brown TrophyEdit

See also: NFL Coach of the Year Award#Touchdown Club of Columbus NFL Coach of the Year

Named for Paul Brown, this trophy is presented annually to the NFL Coach of the Year.

List of Winners

Joe F. Carr Trophy Edit

Named for Joseph Carr, this trophy was presented annually (from 1955-1978) to the NFL Player of the Year. Not to be confused with the Joe F. Carr Trophy which was the official National Football League MVP award from 1938-46. However, both trophies are named after Carr, a former NFL commissioner.

List of Winners

The Sam B. Nicola TrophyEdit

Named for the Club's founder, this trophy is presented annually to the National High School Player of the Year.

The James A. Rhodes TrophyEdit

The James A. Rhodes Trophy is awarded annually to the Ohio High School Player of the Year.

The Muhammad Ali TrophyEdit

This annual recognition goes to the nation's top boxer. Errol Richardson of Lakota East

TDC Lifetime Achievement AwardEdit

The Touchdown Club of Columbus also gives the annual TDC Lifetime Achievement Award to a selected athlete.

See also Edit

ReferencesEdit

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