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Draddy Trophy

The Vincent dePaul Draddy Trophy is a trophy awarded by the National Football Foundation that is given to the American college football player with the best combination of academics, community service, and on-field performance. It is considered by many to be the "Academic Heisman."

While many major college football awards are theoretically open to players at all competitive levels, in practice only players at NCAA Division I level win. The Draddy Trophy is unique in that it has actually been won by a player at a lower level—Brandon Roberts of Washington University in St. Louis, an NCAA Division III school, in 2002.

Named in the honor of Vincent dePaul Draddy, who served the National Football Foundation and its College Football Hall of Fame for 33 years, including 19 years as Chairman of the Board, the trophy has become the most prestigious and desirable "academic" award in college football. The trophy recognizes an individual as the absolute best in the country for his academic success, football performance and exemplary community leadership.

A scholar-athlete himself at Manhattan College, Draddy passionately believed in the premise that excellence on the football field could, and should, be consistent with academic distinction and the highest standards of civic leadership. He thought that young men who combined athletic performance with academic excellence should be recognized. After his passing in July of 1990, the National Football Foundation perpetuated his memory and beliefs by establishing a scholarship that would recognize the scholar-athlete who most fully embodies the ideals of the NFF.

The trophy is sponsored by HealthSouth Corporation, and as such is officially named The Vincent dePaul Draddy Trophy, presented by HealthSouth.

Previous winners

Year Player School
1990 Chris Howard Air Force
1991 Brad Culpepper Florida
1992 Jim Hansen Colorado
1993 Thomas D. Burns Virginia
1994 Robert B. Zatechka Nebraska
1995 Bobby Hoying Ohio State
1996 Danny Wuerffel Florida
1997 Peyton Manning Tennessee
1998 Matt Stinchcomb Georgia
1999 Chad Pennington Marshall
2000 Kyle Vanden Bosch Nebraska
2001 Joaquin Gonzalez Miami
2002 Brandon Roberts Washington University
2003 Craig Krenzel Ohio State
2004 Michael Muñoz Tennessee
2005 Rudy Niswanger LSU
2006 Brian Leonard Rutgers
2007 Dallas Griffin Texas

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