Aug. 10, 2006
With the start of the college football season just weeks away, a total of 58 players have been added to the Rotary Lombardi Award's Watch List. The 37th Rotary Lombardi Award, presented by Wachovia Bank, which honors the top lineman in college football while raising funds for the American Cancer Society, will be presented in Houston on December 6 at the Hilton Americas Hotel.
The new players were added to the preliminary list of 43 players who were announced in March. The new additions are players who have been highlighted in various pre-season honors lists. While the 101 players currently on the Watch List represent many of the top honors candidates in the country, the list is not intended to serve as the actual ballot when first round voting begins in late September.
This year's list is almost evenly divided between offensive and defensive players, with 54 defenders and 47 offensive players currently listed. Founded in the weeks following the death of legendary football coach Vince Lombardi from cancer in 1970, the Rotary Lombardi Award, presented by Wachovia Bank, has annually delivered upon the mission set forth by Marie Lombardi when she first granted the use of her late husband's name. Her only stipulation was that all net proceeds from the event be donated to the American Cancer Society and millions of dollars have been generated since that time. In addition to generating the annual donation to ACS, attendees to the 2005 combined to sponsor 31 pediatric cancer patients for a week at Camp Discovery, a camp near Kerrville, TX dedicated to bringing the joy and fun of summer camp to young cancer patients.
For the complete list of candidates, go to www.rotarylombardiaward.com.