Washington D.C. Touchdown Club

The Washington D.C. Touchdown Club was started in 1935 with a passion for charity and sports. In the ensuing years the Club has benefited many local charities as well as providing scholarships to deserving student/athletes. The Touchdown Timmies, the club's trophies, are given each year to athletes who excelled in their respective arenas including professionals, college and scholastic players. Additionally, the Club provided monies to 15 charitable organizations each year.

Recently, the name was changed to "Touchdown Club Charities of Washington, DC". It was founded by a group of college football enthusiasts in 1935, among them Dutch Bergman. The motto is "Children, Scholarship, and Community".

The Timmie Awards began with a formal dinner at the Willard Hotel in 1937 where All-American Quarterback Marshall Goldberg was honored as Best Player of the Year. Over the past sixty years, the club's dinner awards programs honoring of more than 200 outstanding college players and hundreds of professional high school athletes, have attracted celebrities from many fields and national media attention.

Touchdown Club Founder

Arthur "Dutch" Bergman was a back with George Gipp on the Notre Dame teams of the 1920s. He was later assistant football coach at the University of Minnesota and the University of New Mexico, and head coach at Catholic University, winning their first Orange Bowl in 1936, and head coach of the Eastern Division titlist Washington Redskins of 1943. Dutch was also an Army flyer in World War I, a mining engineer, a top-level Government official, a sports writer, a broadcaster and, finally, manager of the D.C. Armory and RFK Stadium.

The "Timmie Awards" are the name given to the awards that the club awarded beginning in 1946. In addition to an NFL Player of the Year, they also award a Coach of the Year and administered the Washington Redskins team awards, among others. The club was the first to award a "MVP" award to a defensive player, Gene Brito, in 1955. The Philadelphia Maxwell Club awarded a similar honor to Andy Robustelli in 1962.

NFL Player of the Year awards

As voted on by the Washington D.C. Touchdown Club
1945Bob Waterfield, Cleveland Rams
1946Bill Dudley, Pittsburgh Steelers
1947Sammy Baugh, Washington Redskins
1948Sammy Baugh (2), Washington Redskins
1949Steve Van Buren, Philadelphia Eagles; Otto Graham, Cleveland Browns
1950Bob Waterfield, Los Angeles Rams
1951Otto Graham, Cleveland Browns
1952Lynn Chandnois, Pittsburgh Steelers
1953Lou Groza, Cleveland Browns
1954Norm Van Brocklin, Los Angeles Rams
1955Gene Brito, Washington Redskins
1956Frank Gifford, New York Giants
1957John Unitas, Baltimore Colts
1958—Johnny Unitas (2), Baltimore Colts and Jim Brown, Cleveland Browns
1959Charley Conerly, New York Giants
1960—Norm Van Brocklin (2), Philadelphia Eagles
1961Paul Hornung, Green Bay Packers
1962Y. A. Tittle, New York Giants[1]
1963—Jim Brown (2), Cleveland Browns
1964Lenny Moore, Baltimore Colts
1965Pete Retzlaff, Philadelphia Eagles
1966Jim Nance, Boston Patriots, (AFL); Sonny Jurgensen, Washington Redskins, (NFL)
1967Lance Alworth, San Diego Chargers, (AFL); Johnny Unitas (3), Baltimore Colts, (NFL)
1968—Daryle Lamonica, Oakland Raiders, (AFL); Ray Nitschke, Green Bay Packers, (NFL)
1969Lance Alworth (2), San Diego Chargers, (AFL); Sonny Jurgensen (2), Washington Redskins, (NFL)
1970Fran Tarkenton, New York Giants
1971Billy Kilmer,Washington Redskins; Jack Pardee, Washington Redskins
1972Larry Brown, Washington Redskins
1973O. J. Simpson, Buffalo Bills
1974Joe Greene, Pittsburgh Steelers
1975—Fran Tarkenton (2), Minnesota Vikings
1976Roger Staubach, Dallas Cowboys (NFC); Bert Jones, Baltimore Colts (AFC)
1977Walter Payton, Chicago Bears, (NFC); Craig Morton, Denver Broncos, (AFC)
1978Pat Haden, Los Angeles Rams, (NFC); Jim Zorn, Seattle Seahawks, (AFC)
1979Joe Theismann, Washington Redskins (NFC); Dan Fouts, San Diego Chargers (AFC)
1980Steve Bartkowski, Atlanta Falcons (NFC); Brian Sipe, Cleveland Browns (AFC)
1981Tony Dorsett, Dallas Cowboys (NFC); Ken Anderson, Cincinnati Bengals (AFC)
1982Mark Moseley, Washington Redskins (NFC); Dan Fouts (2); San Diego Chargers (AFC)
1983Eric Dickerson, Los Angeles Rams (NFC); Curt Warner, Seattle Seahawks (AFC)
1984—Eric Dickerson (2), Los Angeles Rams (NFC); Dan Marino, Miami Dolphins
1985—Walter Payton (2), Chicago Bears (NFC); Ken O'Brien, New York Jets (AFC)
1986Lawrence Taylor, New York Giants (NFC);Al Toon, New York Jets (AFC)
1987Joe Montana, San Francisco 49ers (NFC); John Elway, Denver Broncos (AFC)
1988Roger Craig, San Francisco 49ers (NFC); Boomer Esiason, Cincinnati Bengals (AFC)
1989—Joe Montana (2), San Francisco 49ers (NFC); Christian Okoye, Kansas City Chiefs (AFC)
1990Barry Sanders, Detroit Lions (NFC); Jim Kelly, Buffalo Bills (AFC)
1991Mark Rypien, Washington Redskins (NFC); Thurman Thomas, Buffalo Bills (AFC)
1992Steve Young, San Francisco (NFC); Barry Foster, Pittsburgh Steelers (AFC)
1993—Mark Stepnoski, Dallas Cowboys (NFC); Rod Woodson, Pittsburgh Steelers (AFC)
1994—Steve Young, San Francisco 49ers (NFC); Junior Seau, San Diego Chargers (AFC)
1995Brett Favre, Green Bay Packers (NFC); Steve Bono, Kansas City Chiefs (AFC)
1996Kevin Greene, Carolina Panthers (NFC); Bruce Smith, Buffalo Bills (AFC)
1997—Brett Favre (2), Green Bay Packers (NFC); Terrell Davis, Denver Broncos (AFC)
1998Randall Cunningham, Minnesota Vikings (NFC); Terrell Davis (2), Denver Broncos (AFC)
1999Kurt Warner, St. Louis Rams (NFC); Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts (AFC)
2000Marshall Faulk, St. Louis Rams (NFC); Rich Gannon, Oakland Raiders(AFC)
2001Kurt Warner (2), St. Louis Rams (NFC); Rich Gannon (2), Oakland Raiders (AFC)
2002—Brett Favre (3), Green Bay Packers (NFC); Rich Gannon (3), Oakland Raiders (AFC)
2003Randy Moss, Minnesota Vikings (NFC); Jamal Lewis, Baltimore Ravens (AFC)
2004Donovan McNabb, Philadelphia Eagles (NFC); Peyton Manning (2), Indianapolis Colts (AFC)
2005Shaun Alexander, Seattle Seahawks (NFC); Carson Palmer, Cincinnati Bengals (AFC)
2006Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints (NFC); LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego Chargers (AFC)
2007—Brett Favre (4), Green Bay Packers (NFC); Tom Brady, New England Patriots (AFC)
2008—Kurt Warner (3), Arizona Cardinals (NFC); Peyton Manning (3), Indianapolis Colts (AFC)
2009—Brett Favre (5), Minnesota Vikings (NFC); Peyton Manning (4), Indianapolis Colts (AFC)

Knute Rockne Memorial Trophy

Presented annually by the Washington D.C. Touchdown Club to the collegiate lineman of the year
1939Ken Kavanaugh, E, LSU[2][3]
1940Bob Suffridge, G, Tennessee[4]
1941Endicott Peabody, G, Harvard
1942Bob Dove, E, Notre Dame
1943Cas Myslinski, C, Army
1944Don Whitmire, T, Navy
1945Dick Duden, E, Navy
1946Burr Baldwin, E, UCLA
1947Chuck Bednarik, C, Pennsylvania
1948Bill Fischer, G, Notre Dame
1949Leon Hart, E, Notre Dame
1950Bud McFadin, G, Texas
1951Bob Ward, G, Maryland
1952Dick Modzelewski, T, Maryland
1953Stan Jones, T, Maryland
1954Max Boydston, E, Oklahoma
1955Bob Pellegrini, C, Maryland
1956Jerry Tubbs, C, Oklahoma
1957Lou Michaels, T, Kentucky
1958Bob Novogratz, G, Army[5]
1959Roger Davis, G, Syracuse
1960Tom Brown, G, Minnesota
1961Joe Romig, G, Colorado
1962Pat Richter, E, Wisconsin
1963Dick Butkus, C, Illinois
1964Dick Butkus, C, Illinois
1965Tommy Nobis, G, Texas
1966Jim Lynch, DE, Notre Dame
1967Ron Yary, T, Southern California[6]
1968Ted Hendricks, DE, Miami
1969Mike Reid, T, Penn State
1970Jim Stillwagon, T, Ohio State
1971Larry Jacobson, DT, Nebraska
1972John Hannah, OG, Alabama
1973Ed "Too Tall" Jones, DE, Tennessee State
1974Randy White, DE, Maryland
1975Lee Roy Selmon, DE, Oklahoma
1976Wilson Whitley, DT, Houston
1977Ken MacAfee, TE, Notre Dame
1978Greg Roberts, OG, Oklahoma
1979Bruce Clark, DE, Penn State
1980Hugh Green, DE, Pittsburgh
1981Kenneth Sims, DE, Texas
1982Billy Ray Smith Jr., DE, Arkansas
1983Bill Fralic, OT, Pittsburgh
1984Bruce Smith, DE, Virginia Tech
1985Tony Casillas, DT, Oklahoma
1986Gordon Lockbaum, RB, Holy Cross
1987Chad Hennings, DT, Air Force
1988Tracy Rocker, DT, Auburn
1989Chris Zorich, DT, Notre Dame
1990Chris Zorich, DT, Notre Dame
1992Eric Curry, DE, Alabama
1993Aaron Taylor, OT, Notre Dame
1994Ruben Brown, OG, Pittsburgh
1995Nebraska offensive line
1996Orlando Pace, OT, Ohio State Buckeyes football

Walter Camp Memorial Trophy

Since 1937, presented annually by the Washington D.C. Touchdown Club to the collegiate back of the year

1939Nile Kinnick, HB, Iowa[7]
1946Charley Trippi, HB, Georgia[8]
1954Ralph Guglielmi, QB, Notre Dame[9]
1959Billy Cannon, HB, LSU[2]
1961Ernie Davis, HB, Syracuse[10]
1962Jerry Stovall, HB, LSU[2]
1963Roger Staubach, QB, Navy[11]
1966Steve Spurrier, QB, Florida[12]
1968O. J. Simpson, RB, USC[13]
1969Archie Manning, QB, Ole Miss[14]

Touchdown Club Charities Hall of Fame

Touchdown Club Charities hosts its own Football Hall of Fame. Starting in 2000, the Club has decided to expand its Hall of Fame selection process to include the American public at large. The top 10 nominees will be presented to the public for election. The top five will be elected and inducted into the Hall of Fame at a date subsequent to the election.

Distinguished individuals in the DC Touchdown Club Hall of Fame are players such as “Dutch” Bergman, George Preston Marshall, Knute Rockne, Bronko Nagurski, Jim Thorpe, Bobby Mitchell, Sammy Baugh, Walter Camp, Sonny Jurgenson, Red Grange and Johnny Unitas that are in the Hall of Fame. More recent inductees include Gene Upshaw and Larry Brown.

See also


  1. ^ "Tittle Earns More Honors". Schenectady Gazette. Associated Press. December 22, 1962. p. 16. Retrieved August 29, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "2013 LSU Football Media Guide-National Awards". Louisiana State University. Retrieved December 15, 2013.
  3. ^ Scott, Richard. SEC Football: 75 Years of Pride and Passion. Minneapolis, MN: Quayside Publishing Group. p. 49. ISBN 978-0-7603-3248-1. Retrieved December 15, 2013.
  4. ^ Scott, Richard. SEC Football: 75 Years of Pride and Passion. Minneapolis, MN: Quayside Publishing Group. p. 52. ISBN 978-0-7603-3248-1. Retrieved December 15, 2013.
  5. ^ "Touchdown Club Pick Army's Bob Novogratz". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. January 11, 1959. p. 29. Retrieved August 31, 2016.
  6. ^ "The USA Today College Football Encyclopedia". USA Today. Retrieved August 25, 2015.
  7. ^ Scott, Richard. SEC Football: 75 Years of Pride and Passion. Minneapolis, MN: Quayside Publishing Group. p. 49. ISBN 978-0-7603-3248-1. Retrieved December 15, 2013.
  8. ^ "New Honor for Charley Trippi". The Decatur Herald. Associated Press. June 24, 1947. p. 14. Retrieved April 4, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.
  9. ^ "Guglielmi, Irish Football Ace, Award Walter Camp Trophy". Reading Eagle. Associated Press. January 9, 1955. p. 29. Retrieved August 31, 2016.
  10. ^ Gallagher, Robert C. The Express: The Ernie Davis Story. New York, NY: Random House LLC. p. 117-118. ISBN 978-0-345-51086-0. Retrieved December 15, 2013.
  11. ^ "All NACDA Members Opening Remarks and Keynote Address". NACDA. Retrieved December 15, 2013.
  12. ^ "Sonny Jurgensen And Steve Spurrier At The Touchdown Club". Washington Redskins. Retrieved December 15, 2013.
  13. ^ "O. J. Simpson Wins Walter Camp Award". Traverse City Record-Eagle. United Press International. November 25, 1968. p. 23. Retrieved March 1, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.
  14. ^ "Red-letter Year For Quarterbacks". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved December 15, 2013.

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Bob Brown (offensive lineman)

Robert Stanford Brown (born December 8, 1941), nicknamed "The Boomer" is a former American football offensive tackle in the National Football League from 1964 through 1973. He was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles as the second overall pick in the 1964 NFL draft. He played for the Eagles from 1964 to 1968, the Los Angeles Rams from 1969 to 1970, and the Oakland Raiders from 1971 to 1973. He played college football at Nebraska. Brown was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1993 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2004.

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

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Chuck Bednarik Award

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Gene Brito

Gene Herman Brito (November 23, 1925 – June 8, 1965) was an American football Defensive end in the National Football League who played nine seasons for the Washington Redskins and the Los Angeles Rams from 1951 to 1960.

Jerry Rice Award

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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.

List of National Football League awards

In the National Football League (NFL), the highest level of professional American football in North America, there are a variety of awards presented to recognize players and teams for outstanding achievements. Each year on the night before the Super Bowl, the NFL Honors ceremony is held to present many of the league's most prestigious awards. In addition to these awards, there are many other organizations that present their own awards after each NFL season, often accompanied by a banquet and other festivities. Because of this, there is a much wider range of awards recognized in football compared to that of other major North American sports.

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.

Norris Cup

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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".

STATS FCS Coach of the Year

The STATS FCS Coach of the Year award has been awarded annually by STATS LLC since 2015 to the most outstanding collegiate football head coach in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision. The winner is selected by a national panel of sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries.

STATS FCS Defensive Player of the Year

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STATS FCS Freshman Player of the Year

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STATS FCS Offensive Player of the Year

The STATS FCS Offensive Player of the Year award has been awarded annually by STATS LLC since 2015 to the most outstanding offensive collegiate football player in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision. The winner is selected by a national panel of sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries.

Sammy Baugh

Samuel Adrian Baugh (March 17, 1914 – December 17, 2008) was an American football player and coach. During his college and professional careers, he most notably played quarterback, but also played as a defensive back and punter. He played college football for the Horned Frogs at Texas Christian University, where he was a two-time All-American. He then played in the National Football League (NFL) for the Washington Redskins from 1937 to 1952. After his playing career, he served as a coach for Hardin–Simmons University, the New York Titans and the Houston Oilers.

Baugh led the Washington Redskins to winning the NFL Championship in 1937 and 1942 and was named NFL Player of the Year by the Washington D.C. Touchdown Club in 1947 and 1948 for his play. In both of his Player of the Year seasons, he led the league in completions, attempts, completion percentage, and yards. In 1947, he also led the league in passing touchdowns, interception percentage and passer rating.Primarily known for his passing prowess, Baugh led the league in completion percentage seven times, passing yards four times, and an NFL record six times in passer rating, among other statistics. However, he was also known for his versatility—having the ability to play at a high level as a punter as well as a defensive back. Throughout his career, he led the league in yards per punt five times, as well as yardage in 1943, a year in which he also led the league in defensive interceptions, with 11. His yards per punt of 51.4 during the 1940 season still stands as an NFL record as of 2018.Baugh was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in the 17-member charter class of 1963 and was also selected to the NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team in 1994.

Southwest Conference football individual awards

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Wuerffel Trophy

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