Courtesy of the Lott Trophy
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. â€“ Boston College Linebacker Mark Herzlich, who has missed the entire 2009 football season while undergoing treatment for cancer, will receive an honorary Lott Trophy, it was announced today by the Board of Directors of The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation, sponsors of the award.
It is only the second time an honorary Lott Trophy has been awarded, the first going to the family of Pat Tillman in 2004. Tillman, the former college and NFL standout, volunteered for the military and was killed in Afghanistan.
â€œMark Herzlich represents all that is good in todayâ€™s student-athlete and epitomizes what we look for in Lott Trophy candidates,â€ said John Hamilton, Chairman of the Board of the IMPACT Foundation. â€œHis perseverance, attitude and good works are an inspiration to all of us who love college football.â€
Herzlich, a senior from Wayne, Pa., was the ACC Defensive Player of the Year last season and also an Academic all-conference selection majoring in finance. He led Boston College in tackles with 113 and had six interceptions. He was a quarter-finalist for The Lott Trophy in 2008 and on the Watch List for 2009.
Named after Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott, the Lott Trophy is awarded to college footballâ€™s Defensive IMPACT Player of the Year. Now in its sixth year, the Lott Trophy is the first college football award to equally recognize athletic performance and the personal character attributes of the player.
Sponsored by The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation in Newport Beach, the award is given to the player who exhibits the same characteristics Lott embodied during his distinguished career: Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity.
Past winners of The Lott Trophy:
2004 â€“ David Pollack, Georgia
2005 â€“ DeMeco Ryans, Alabama
2006 â€“ Dante Hughes, California
2007 â€“ Glenn Dorsey, LSU
2008 â€“ James Laurinaitis, Ohio State
In five years, the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation has donated more than $650,000 to various charities, including $25,000 to each of the winnersâ€™ universities.
Voters for the award include selected members of the national media, previous finalists, the Board of Directors of the IMPACT Foundation, the IMPACT Foundation Board of Advisors comprised of retired NFL players and the Legends Coaches, a distinguished group of former college head coaches.