Throughout its history, the Lombardi Award was about recognizing the best lineman or linebacker.
Well, that’s now changing. The award is now open to all players — meaning there’s yet another award to go with the Heisman/Maxwell/Walter Camp when it comes to naming the country’s best college football player.
The Rotary Lombardi Award,given annually here n Houston,will for 1st time since its inception,be open to all players pic.twitter.com/GPTG54BnAX
— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) August 24, 2016
If that change wasn’t enough, the award will name 158 players on its preseason watch list — so look forward to seeing your favorite players listed tomorrow.
It’s interesting to hear about the award changing in an attempt to grow to become “a premier award.” It will now have to battle it out with already established player of the year awards.
Due to the change, Penn State gets to claim the award’s last winner in the old format: Carl Nassib. He set the school’s single-season sack record with 15.5 in 2015. Ohio State has the most winners in history with six.
Houston-based Rotary Lombardi Award plans to change eligiblity to include "all positions,” spokeswoman says. Had been for top college OL/DL
— Joseph Duarte (@Joseph_Duarte) August 24, 2016