Aidan Hutchinson wins the 48th Rotary Lombardi Award
The Rotary Club of Houston announced Wednesday Michigan defensive end, Aidan Hutchinson, as the winner of the 48th Rotary Lombardi Award.
The Rotary Lombardi Award has been presented annually to the nation's top college football lineman (offense or defense) who, in addition to outstanding performance and ability, best exemplifies the discipline of Vince Lombardi. Hutchinson was joined by fellow finalists Tyler Linerbaum of Iowa, Mike Rose of Iowa State, and Kenyon Green of Texas A&M.
Hutchinson's season to this point has seen him amass 58 tackles and 14 sacks as a dominant force for the Wolverines. Hutchinson also helped Michigan end a nearly decade-long losing streak to Ohio State. He broke a school record for sacks held by his father Chris Hutchinson. Chris was in attendance at the event from Houston's Hilton Americas hotel to introduce his son and present him with his finalist plaque. The younger Hutchinson will attempt to put more space between him and his father in the record books as the Wolverines play the Georgia Bulldogs in the Orange Bowl.
Aidan joins former Michigan standout Lamar Woodley as the only Wolverines who have taken home the famous block of granite trophy presented to the Rotary Lombardi Award winner.
The eligible voters of the Rotary Lombardi Award include all head coaches of NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision teams, all former living winners, and finalists of the Rotary Lombardi Award, and selected members of the media.
The Rotary Club of Houston established the Rotary Lombardi Award in 1970 after Coach Vince Lombardi died from colon cancer. Lombardi's widow, Marie, blessed the award with the stipulation the net proceeds from the Award activities are contributed to cancer research to fight the disease that claimed the life of Coach Lombardi. Since the award’s inception in 1970, millions of dollars have been raised to help the American Cancer Society’s programs of cancer research and public education to cancer patients.