For the 21st consecutive year, The Greater Omaha Sports Committee and Football Writers Association of America will present the 72nd Outland Trophy to college football’s top interior lineman last year Cam Robinson, Offensive Tackle from University of Alabama was the winner. Back to Emcee the Outland Trophy Award Dinner again will be Greg Sharpe (the voice of the Huskers). The Outland Trophy Award Dinner will be held Wednesday, January 10th at 7:00 pm at the Downtown DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 16th & Dodge Streets.
The Outland Trophy, which has been awarded annually by the FWAA since 1946, is named after the late John Outland, an All-America lineman at Pennsylvania in the late 1800s. It is the third oldest player award in major-college football behind the Heisman Trophy and Maxwell Award.
Last years Outland Trophy Dinner was a huge success. Three Past Outland Award recipients were present to welcome Cam Robinson to the Outland Fraternity. Besides Oklahoma's Greg Roberts, the 1978 winner, who also finally received his Outland Trophy, the University of Nebraska's Larry Jacobson '71 and Dave Rimington '81, '82, were present as well as '71 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Rodgers and '78 Heisman winner Billy Sims along with Rob Zatechka, Jerry Murtaugh, Joe Washington, Thomas Lott and many others. All helped make this a Special night.
This prestigious football evening will also feature a former Outland Award Winner. Last Year we presented the Outland Trophy to the University of Oklahoma, Greg Roberts the 1978 Outland Trophy Award Winner. The Downtown Rotary is sponsoring this Outland Trophy. From 1946 through 1987, the Outland winner was presented a plaque and not the authentic Outland Trophy.
Because of the great tradition of the University of Nebraska interior linemen, people in the Midwest appreciate the unheralded work of the "big uglies" up front. Combine the quiet strong work ethic of Nebraskans and that appreciation of the Husker "Outland Tradition" (nine Outland Trophies in all) and Omaha is the perfect home to showcase the Outland.
The 4th Tom Osborne Legacy Award Sponsored by Omaha Downtown Rotary also will be presented at the dinner. Tom Osborne, the legendary former Nebraska coach, will recognize a coach or player who made contributions to the Outland Trophy or interior line play in college football and who has made great contributions to the game through charity and community work. Last year the Tom Osborne Legacy Award was presented to Barry Switzer, One of the most dynamic coaches in College and Professional Football.
He has one of the highest winning percentages of any college football coach in history, and is one of only three head coaches to win both a college football national championship and a Super Bowl with all the History Barry and Tom both gave us a night to remember.
The Amazing Night doesn't stop there, we will also recognize at the dinner for the 20th straight year the Nebraska football senior awards winners, Last years 2016 Award Winners were - the Novak Trophy - Tommy Armstrong , the Chamberlin Trophy - Jordan Westerkamp and the Cletus Fischer Native Son - Josh Banderas and Sam Foltz.
As you can see if you are a football fan you want to be apart of this event. Tickets for this years Event on January 10th, are on Sale and can be Reserved by calling 402.346-8003
.......... Omaha also will Host the 4th Annual Semi-Finalists Announcement Reception Party.
The Football Writers Association narrowed the search of the best linemen throughout the country to five semi-finalists, it was held at the Mark, Wednesday - November 15th. Besides Cam Robinson, Offensive Tackle from the University of Alabama we heard from and the other Finalists Pat Elflein, (Rimmington Trophy Award Winner) Center from the Ohio State University, Cody O'Connell, Offensive Guard from Washington State University, Ethan Pocic, Center from LSU and Connor Williams, Offensive Tackle from Texas. Where Greg Sharpe via Facetime congratulated the semi-finalists and we got to see their reactions Live to being selected and their responses to Greg's questions.