Touchdown Club of Columbus

Touchdown Club of Columbus
Logo of the Touchdown Club of Columbus

The Touchdown Club of Columbus was founded in Columbus, Ohio, in 1956 by Sam B. Nicola at the request of State Auditor James A. Rhodes, who later became governor of the state.[1]

Nicola served as the club's president until his death in 1993. More than a decade later, his son Sam Nicola, Jr. took over the Touchdown Club.[1]



The Touchdown Club of Columbus gives several awards to recognize outstanding athletes.[2][3]

The Sammy Baugh Trophy

The Sammy Baugh Trophy is awarded annually to the nation's top collegiate passer.

The Jim Brown Trophy

This honor goes to the NCAA's top running back, recently named for Hall of Famer Jim Brown.

Past winners

Paul Warfield Award

Named for Paul Warfield, this honor is given to the nation's top collegiate wide receiver.

List of winners

The Jim Parker Trophy

Given yearly to the top collegiate offensive lineman. Named for Ohio State great and Hall of Famer Jim Parker.

Past Winners

The Bill Willis Trophy

Named for Bill Willis, this award is given yearly to the top collegiate defensive lineman.

Past winners:

The Jack Lambert Trophy

Named for Jack Lambert, this award is given yearly to the top collegiate linebacker.

Previous Winners

The Jack Tatum Trophy

Since 1991 Given yearly to the top collegiate defensive back. Named after Ohio State All-American Jack Tatum.

Previous winners

The Archie Griffin Award

The Archie Griffin Award signifies college football's Most Valuable Player for the entire season.[4]

The Chic Harley Award

Named for Chic Harley, this award is presented to the College Football Player of the Year.

Quarterback of the Year

Not yet named, differs from Sammy Baugh Trophy in that it goes to top quarterback, rather than the top passer.

Past winners:

Tight End of the Year

The Woody Hayes Trophy

Named for Woody Hayes, this award recognizes the top collegiate coach.

List of Winners

Freshman of the Year

Given yearly to the top college football newcomer. Dion Lewis of Pitt the current honoree.[5]

Previous Winners

The Paul Brown Trophy

See also: NFL Coach of the Year Award#Touchdown Club of Columbus NFL Coach of the Year

Named for Paul Brown, this trophy is presented annually to the NFL Coach of the Year.

List of Winners

Joe F. Carr Trophy

Named for Joseph Carr, this trophy was presented annually (from 1955-1978) to the NFL Player of the Year. Not to be confused with the Joe F. Carr Trophy which was the official National Football League MVP award from 1938-46. However, both trophies are named after Carr, a former NFL commissioner.

List of Winners

The Sam B. Nicola Trophy

Named for the Club's founder, this trophy is presented annually to the National High School Player of the Year.

The James A. Rhodes Trophy

The James A. Rhodes Trophy is awarded annually to the Ohio High School Player of the Year.

The Muhammad Ali Trophy

This annual recognition goes to the nation's top boxer. Errol Richardson of Lakota East

TDC Lifetime Achievement Award

The Touchdown Club of Columbus also gives the annual TDC Lifetime Achievement Award to a selected athlete.

See also


External links

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