HOUSTON - The Rotary Club of Houston announced Thursday that UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr is one of the four finalists named for the 2013 Rotary Lombardi Award, presented annually since 1970 to the nation’s top college football lineman. The award honors the memory of Vince Lombardi, legendary coach of the Green Bay Packers.
Barr has started all 10 games at outside linebacker for the No. 14-ranked UCLA Bruins. He has registered 50 tackles, including 14.5 for a loss. Barr has tallied seven sacks, forced four fumbles, recovered three fumbles and recorded a quarterback hurry and broken up a pass.
The senior linebacker was named a midseason All-American by Phil Steele, ESPN.com, CBSsports.com and the USA Today. He has tallied at least one tackle for a loss in eight of the 10 games this season and registered a sack in five of the contests in 2013.
Barr was named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week and Walter Camp Football Foundation player of the week on defense after a 41–21 win over Nebraska on September 14, 2013. Barr totaled 10 tackles, including 1.5 for a loss and forced two fumbles. In the Pac-12 opener the next week at Utah, Barr tallied three tackles for loss, including two sacks. Against No. 2 Oregon, Barr registered two sacks, forced and recovered a fumble.
One of the few remaining stand-alone NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision collegiate awards, each year the four finalists of the Lombardi Award travel to Houston for the presentation. While in the community, finalists make a stop at the Texas Medical Center to visit the Front Line Kids, children who are fighting cancer in local Houston hospitals. Since the award’s inception, millions has been raised to help fund cancer research, public education and direct services to cancer patients.
For over forty years, the award has been presented annually to the nation’s best Division I college football lineman (offense or defense) who, in addition to outstanding performance and ability, best exemplifies the discipline of Vince Lombardi. Head coaches of NCAA FBS teams, all former winners and finalists of the Lombardi Award, and selected members of the national sports media make up the electorate that decides the award winner.
The 2013 honoree will be announced at the Rotary Lombardi Award Presentation on December 11 at the Wortham Center in downtown Houston, Texas. This year’s Rotary Lombardi Award ceremony will again be shown across the country via a live television broadcast on CBS Sports Network hosted by Spencer Tillman.