Touchdown Club of Columbus

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]

Logo of the Touchdown Club of Columbus


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

Sammy Baugh Trophy

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

Jim Brown Award

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

Paul Warfield Trophy

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

Jim Parker Trophy

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

Bill Willis Trophy

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

Jack Lambert Trophy

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

Jack Tatum Trophy

Since 1991, the Jack Tatum Trophy is given yearly to the top collegiate defensive back. Named after the legendary Jack Tatum

Archie Griffin Award

The Archie Griffin Award signifies college football's most valuable player for the entire season.[3][4] It is named in honor of the only two-time Heisman Trophy winner, Archie Griffin of Ohio State.

Chic Harley Award

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

Kellen Moore Award

Previously called the Quarterback of the Year Award, this accolade differs from Sammy Baugh Trophy in that it goes to top quarterback, rather than the top passer. Its name was changed to its current identity in 2012, honoring two-time winner Kellen Moore, who became the FBS all-time leader in wins by a quarterback after going 50–3 as the starter at Boise State.

Ozzie Newsome Award

Named for Ozzie Newsome, this award is presented annually to the top collegiate tight end.

Woody Hayes Trophy

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

Freshman of the Year

Given yearly to the top college football newcomer.

Vlade Award

Named in honor of Vlade Janakievski, one of the most accurate placekickers in Ohio State football history, this award is given yearly to the most accurate college football kicker.

Paul Brown Trophy

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

Joe F. Carr Trophy

Named for Joseph Carr, this trophy was presented annually (from 1955–1978) to the NFL Player of the Year. This award is not to be confused with the original 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.

Sam B. Nicola Trophy

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

James A. Rhodes Trophy

The James A. Rhodes Trophy is awarded annually to the Ohio High School player of the year. It is named for former Governor of Ohio James A. Rhodes, who was state auditor when he made the suggestion that led to the founding of the Touchdown Club of Columbus.

  • 1969 Steve Mauger, Massillon
  • 1970 Ted McNulty, Upper Arlington
  • 1971 Rick Middleton, Delaware Hayes
  • 1972 Archie Griffin, Eastmoor
  • 1973 Mike Gayles, Cincinnati Princeton
  • 1974 Ted Bell, Youngstown Mooney
  • 1975 John Ziepler, Warren Harding
  • 1976 Joe Portale, St Edward
  • 1977 Tim Koegel, Cincinnati Moeller
  • 1978 Art Schlichter, Miami Trace
  • 1979 Ken Roundtree, Cincinnati Moeller
  • 1980 Eric Ellington, Cincinnati Moeller
  • 1981 Mark Brooks, Cincinnati Moeller
  • 1982 Tony Grant, Fremont Ross
  • 1983 Hiawatha Francisco, Cincinnati Moeller
  • 1984 Chris Spielman, Massillon
  • 1985 Mark Kamphous, Cincinnati Moeller
  • 1986 Jeff Davidson, Westerville North
  • 1987 Carlos Snow, Cincinnati Academy
  • 1988 Ronald Howe, Zanesville
  • 1989 Roger Harper, Columbus Independence
  • 1990 Robert Smith, Euclid
  • 1991 Korey Stringer, Warren Harding
  • 1992 Mike Vrabel, Walsh Jesuit
  • 1993 Dee Miller, Springfield
  • 1994 Charles Woodson, Fremont Ross
  • 1995 Andy Katzenmoyer, Westerville South
  • 1996 Derek Combs, Grove City
  • 1997 Tony Fisher, Euclid
  • 1998 Mike Doss, Canton McKinley
  • 1999 Brandon Childress, Cleveland Chanel
  • 2000 Jeff Backes, Upper Arlington
  • 2000 Maurice Hall, Columbus Brookhaven
  • 2001 Justin Zwick, Massillon Washington
  • 2001 Maurice Clarett, Warren Harding
  • 2002 Donte Whitner, Cleveland Glenville
  • 2003 Ted Ginn Jr., Cleveland Glenville
  • 2004 Jamario O'Neal, Cleveland Glenville
  • 2005 Chris Wells, Akron Garfield
  • 2006 Brandon Saine, Piqua
  • 2007 Jake Stoneburner, Dublin Coffman
  • 2008 Zach Boren, Pickerington Central
  • 2009 Braxton Miller, Huber Heights Wayne
  • 2010 Braxton Miller, Huber Heights Wayne
  • 2011 Maty Mauk, Kenton
  • 2012 Mitch Trubisky, Mentor
  • 2013 Grant Sherman, Kenton
  • 2014 Joe Burrow, Athens
  • 2015
  • 2016 Daniel Bangura, Harvest Prep
  • 2017 Isaiah Bowser, Sidney
  • 2018 – Mark Waid, Girard

Male Athlete of the Year

Female Athlete of the Year

President's Award

  • 2011 Jordan White, Western Michigan University
  • 2011 Ross Franklin, Johnstown High School
  • 2012 Zac Dysert, Miami University
  • 2013 Ryan Switzer, North Carolina
  • 2013 Cartel Brooks, Heidelberg College
  • 2014 Cardale Jones, Ohio State University
  • 2015 Kody Kasey, Georgetown College
  • 2016 Joshua Dobbs, Tennessee
  • 2018 Jeff Monken, Army West Point

TDC Lifetime Achievement Award

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

  • 1991 – Olga Korbut, Olympic Gymnastics
  • 1992 – Nadia Comăneci, Olympic Gymnastics
  • 1993 – Evander Holyfield, Boxing
  • 1994 – Jerry Lucas, Basketball Hall of Fame
  • 1995 – Sparky Anderson, Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1996 – Bobby Hull, Hockey Hall of Fame
  • 1997 – Jim Brown, Football Hall of Fame
  • 1998 – George Steinbrenner, New York Yankees
  • 1999
  • 2000 – Lamar Hunt, American Football League
  • 2001
  • 2002
  • 2003 – Hopalong Cassady, College Football Hall of Fame
  • 2004 – Joe Nuxhall, Baseball
  • 2005
  • 2006 – John Havlicek, Basketball Hall of Fame
  • 2006 – Bevo Francis, Basketball
  • 2007
  • 2008 – Chuck Ealey, Football
  • 2009 – Archie Griffin, College Football Hall of Fame
  • 2010 – Coach Chris Ault, College Football Hall of Fame
  • 2011 – Coach Chuck Kyle, Football
  • 2012 – Coach Tom Osborne, College Football Hall of Fame
  • 2013
  • 2014
  • 2015 – Coach Don Donoher, Football
  • 2016 – Peter Hanson, Ohio State volleyball
  • 2017 – Larry Kehres, Mount Union football
  • 2018 – Katie Smith, Naismith and Women's Basketball Halls of Fame

FCS Player of the Year

See also


  1. ^ a b "Touchdown Club of Columbus". Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  2. ^ "Past Honoreess :: Touchdown Club of Columbus". Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  3. ^ Chris, Trevino (January 4, 2017). "Darnold wins Archie Griffin Award". CBS Sports. Retrieved January 15, 2017.
  4. ^ Scrivens, Sarah (January 4, 2017). "USC QB Sam Darnold wins 2016 Archie Griffin Award". ESPN. Retrieved January 15, 2017.
  5. ^ "Cassady to Receive Harley Award Tonight". The Coshocton Democrat. United Press. January 20, 1956. p. 12. Retrieved January 29, 2017.
  6. ^ Howell, Fritz (January 15, 1965). "Columbus TD Club To Honor Sports Figures". The Daily Reporter. Associated Press. p. 11. Retrieved January 29, 2017.
  7. ^ Greiner, John (May 3, 1979). "Sims, Sooners Suit Up For Big Senate Shindig". The Daily Oklahoman. p. 5. Retrieved January 29, 2017.
  8. ^ Fravel, Cory (December 5, 2016). "Watson to Receive Chic Harley National Player of the Year". CBS Sports. Retrieved January 15, 2017.

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Bronko Nagurski Trophy

The Bronko Nagurski Trophy has been awarded annually since 1993 to the collegiate American football player adjudged by the membership of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) to be the best defensively in the National Collegiate Athletic Association; the award is presented by the Charlotte Touchdown Club and the FWAA. The award is named for Bronko Nagurski, who played football for the University of Minnesota and the Chicago Bears.

Champ Pickens Trophy

The Champ Pickens Trophy, named for Alabama's Champ Pickens, was awarded to the champion of the Southern Conference as selected by a board of sportswriters from 1923 to 1926.

Chuck Bednarik Award

The Chuck Bednarik Award is presented annually to the defensive player in college football as judged by the Maxwell Football Club to be the best in the United States. The award is named for Chuck Bednarik, a former college and professional American football player. Voters for the Maxwell College Awards are NCAA head college football coaches, members of the Maxwell Football Club, and sportswriters and sportscasters from across the country. The Maxwell Club is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and the presentations are held in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Club members are given voting privileges for the award.

Gage Gubrud

Gage Gubrud (born May 15, 1995) is an American football quarterback for the Washington State Cougars. He previously played at Eastern Washington.

Huntley Bakich

Huntley Bakich (born 1973) is a former American football linebacker. He played at W.T. White High School in Dallas, Texas.

During his Senior year he was recognized by Parade Magazine All American team, 1991 USA Today High School All-American team, USA Today Texas Player of the year, Touchdown Club of Columbus Player of the Year Runner Up with Former All American linebacker Derek Brooks, Dallas All Sports Association (DASA) Male Athlete of the Year and among others, the Texas FAB 55 list of top players in the State along with future Notre Dame teammate Mike Miller also a

FAB 55 selection in 1991.

A lifelong resident of Dallas, Texas, Bakich played college football at the University of Notre Dame under Coach Lou Holtz. Bakich

was the recipient of a nationally televised removal from a game by his facemask, and an ensuing sideline tongue-lashing by Coach Holtz for his participation a fight against Michigan State.

He suffered an Achilles' tendon injury and back injuries, and following doctors' advice gave up playing football after his junior season.Bakich has spent his post-graduate career as a company founder and executive consultant in the telecommunications industry.

As of 2012, Bakich resided in Dallas, Texas, with his wife Margaret and their five children.

Jason White (American football)

Jason White (born June 19, 1980) is an American former college football quarterback who played for the University of Oklahoma, was recognized as a unanimous All-American, and won the Heisman Trophy in 2003.

Jeff Monken

Jeffrey Michael Monken (born April 15, 1967) is the head coach of the Army Black Knights football team. He was formerly the head coach of the Georgia Southern Eagles football team. He previously served under Paul Johnson as a running backs coach and special teams coordinator at Georgia Southern, Navy and Georgia Tech.

Jeremy Shelley

Jeremy Shelley (born October 25, 1990) is an American football placekicker who is currently a free agent. He played college football at Alabama.

Jerry Rice Award

The Jerry Rice Award is awarded annually in the United States to the most outstanding freshman player in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) of college football as chosen by a nationwide panel of media and college sports information directors.The trophy is named in honor of Jerry Rice the National Football League (NFL) hall of fame wide receiver, who starred at Mississippi Valley State University.

Jet Award

The Jet Award, named in honor of 1972 Heisman Trophy Winner Johnny "The Jet" Rodgers, is awarded to the top return specialist in college football beginning with the 2011 season. Joe Adams was announced as the first winner on March 29, 2012. Beginning with the 2012 award ceremony, in addition to being given to the annual award winner, the Rodgers Award will be presented retroactively one decade at a time, starting with the 1959–1969 winners.

Kevin Willhite

Alfred Kevin Willhite (born May 4, 1963) is a former collegiate and professional American football player.

Willhite attended Cordova High School in Rancho Cordova, California, graduating in 1982. He was one of the greatest running backs in California prep history, rushing for 4,901 yards and scoring 72 touchdowns. He was selected into the Sac-Joaquin section Hall of Fame.

He was also a great prep sprinter. As a junior in 1981, he won the 200 meters at the California State track meet with a legal wind-aided time of 20.8. As a senior in 1982, he ran 100 meters in 10.5 and had a hand-timed 10.4.

In 1981, he was named the California prep athlete of the year (for football and track) and was separately named the California prep football player of the year. After his senior football year, he also earned three national honors. He received the Dial Award as the outstanding scholar-athlete of the year. Making the 1982 Parade Magazine All-American team, he was named the national back of the year, despite very highly recruited Marcus Dupree from Philadelphia, Mississippi, who became a freshman sensation with the Oklahoma Sooners as a true freshman in 1982, being a contender. He was also selected for the Sam B. Nicola Trophy as the National High school Player of the Year by the Touchdown Club of Columbus, Ohio in 1981. In the 1982 Long Beach Press Telegram Best in the West football recruits rankings, he received 10 votes for the best college running back prospect on the West Coast which was the most a recruit could receive.

One of most highly recruited prep football players ever out of the State of California in 1981–1982, he verbally committed to the University of Washington about three weeks before National Signing Day on February 10, 1982, despite the Huskies already having RB Jacque Robinson who as a freshman was the MVP of the 1982 Rose Bowl game in which the Huskies beat Iowa 28–0. But on signing day, Willhite shocked the college football world and signed with the University of Oregon. Reportedly, he ultimately chose the Ducks over the Huskies because of the Ducks' track program.

Willhite severely tore his hamstring during his senior high school track season in 1982 and then suffered further injuries at the University of Oregon during his freshman season, which resulted in him redshirting in 1982. He had an undistinguished college football career. Because of the effect of his injuries, he was switched to fullback where he was used mostly as a blocking back. He became a starter his senior year.

During the NFL strike season of 1987, Willhite became a replacement player for the Green Bay Packers. In three games for the Packers, he rushed for 251 yards on 53 carries (4.7 avg), with a long run of 61 yards, but no touchdowns. He is the younger brother of former Denver Broncos' RB Gerald Willhite.

Lambert Trophy

Lambert Trophy may refer to:

Lambert-Meadowlands Trophy, and the Lambert Cup, annual awards given to the best team in the East in the various divisions of American college football

Jack Lambert Trophy, an annual award given by the Touchdown Club of Columbus to the top American collegiate linebacker

Maxwell Football Club

The Maxwell Football Club (originally called the Maxwell Football Club of Philadelphia) was established in 1935 to promote safety in the game of American football. Named in honor of Robert W. (Tiny) Maxwell, legendary college player, official, and sports columnist, the club was founded by his friend Bert Bell, then owner of the Philadelphia Eagles professional football team and later commissioner of the National Football League. The awards are presented during the spring of the following year.As of 2017, the club's president is Mark Dianno, and the club's Chairman is former NFL defensive back Shawn Wooden. The club's headquarters are located in Ambler, Pennsylvania.

National Football League Coach of the Year Award

The National Football League Coach of the Year Award is presented annually by various news and sports organizations to the National Football League (NFL) head coach who has done the most outstanding job of working with the talent he has at his disposal. Currently, the most widely recognized award is presented by the Associated Press (AP), although in the past several awards received press recognition. First presented in 1957, the AP award did not include American Football League (AFL) teams. The Sporting News has given a pro football coach of the year award since 1947 and in 1949 gave its award to a non-NFL coach, Paul Brown of the All-America Football Conference's Cleveland Browns. Other NFL Coach of the Year awards are presented by Pro Football Weekly/Pro Football Writers of America and the Maxwell Football Club. The United Press International (UPI) NFL Coach of the Year award was first presented in 1955. From 1960 to 1969, before the AFL–NFL merger, an award was also given to the most outstanding coach from the AFL. When the leagues merged in 1970, separate awards were given to the best coaches from the American Football Conference (AFC) and National Football Conference (NFC). The UPI discontinued the awards after 1996.

Norris Cup

The Norris Cup was a trophy awarded by the Norris Candy Company to the best all around athlete at several North Carolina colleges. Jack McDowall won it twice.

Ohio State Football All-Century Team

The Ohio State Football All-Century Team was chosen in early 2000 by the Touchdown Club of Columbus. It was selected to honor the greatest Ohio State Buckeyes football players of the 20th century. No effort was made to distinguish a first team or second team, the organization instead choosing only to select an 80-man roster and a five-man coaching staff.

Members selected to the team were honored at a banquet on February 19, 2000. Living members of the team elected all-century captains and an all-century Most Valuable Player. As captains they chose Archie Griffin and Rex Kern on offense, and Chris Spielman and Jack Tatum on defense. Archie Griffin was selected as MVP.

Porter Cup (trophy)

The Porter Cup was a sterling silver trophy once awarded by the Porter Clothing Company to the best all-around athlete from a major southern university, including the University of Alabama, Birmingham-Southern College, Tulane and Tennessee's three major universities: Vanderbilt, Sewanee and Tennessee. The three in Tennessee were given by Alf Porter, and Alabama's was given by Henry Porter Loving. Alabama's is thus also called the "Porter Loving Cup".

Robert Banks (American football)

Robert Nathan Banks (born December 10, 1963) is a former NFL defensive end.

Born in Williamsburg, Virginia, Banks attended Peninsula Catholic High School before transferring to Hampton High School in Hampton, Virginia, to play football. In 1982, the Touchdown Club of Columbus awarded Banks their second annual Sam B. Nicola Trophy, designating him as the National High School Player of the Year. Banks played for University of Notre Dame in the mid-1980s. He was drafted by the Houston Oilers football team in the 7th round (176th overall) of the 1987 NFL Draft. He played off the bench for one year in Houston before moving to the Cleveland Browns, where he started 15 games in 1989. He started 9 of the 15 games he played in 1990, which was his last year in the NFL.

As of 2016, he is the campus director of admissions for the Houston campus of the Aviation Institute of Maintenance.

Terry Beasley

Terry Paul Beasley (born February 5, 1950) is a former American football player. He played collegiately at Auburn where he lettered from 1969 to 1971. In his college career, Beasley amassed 141 receptions, 2,507 yards and 29 touchdowns. He was an All-American as a wide receiver in 1970 and 1971. He led the Southeastern Conference in receptions, receiving yards and scoring in 1970 with 52 receptions, 1,051 receiving yards and 72 points. In 1971, he was named the College Pass Receiver of the Year by the Touchdown Club of Columbus. Beasley was elected into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2002.

Beasley was selected in the first round of the 1972 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers, with whom he spent the duration of his short professional career before injuries forced his retirement following the 1975 season.

He was married to Joanne Teel. Had four daughters, Wendy, Jordan, Tara and Terry.

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Positional awards
Other national player awards
Head coaching awards
Assistant coaching awards
Conference awards
Division I FCS awards
Other divisions/associations
Academic, inspirational,
and versatility awards
Service awards
Regional awards
Awards organizations
Halls of fame

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