HOUSTON –December 10, 2014 – Scooby Wright III, linebacker from the University of Arizona, has been named the 2014 Rotary Lombardi Award winner. The Rotary Club of Houston made the announcement this evening at the Bayou Music Center in front of a crowd of over 1,500 audience members.
“I wouldn’t be standing here today without first and foremost my family, my team and the University of Arizona football program,” I am truly honored and Bear Down said. “Scooby Wright III.”
In his sophomore season, Scooby is considered a front runner for the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year. So far in 2014 Scooby has amassed 127 tackles including 23 tackles for loss, 12 sacks and 5 forced fumbles. As a true freshman in 2013 Scooby played in all 13 games and started 12. Scooby was named Freshman All-American and All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention after he recorded 83 tackles including 9.5 tackles for loss, 1 interception and .5 sacks.
Scooby won the Nagurski Award the Bednarik Award, sweeping all three college awards with the RLA.
For over forty years, the Rotary Lombardi Award has been presented annually to the nation’s best Division I college football lineman (offense or defense) who, in addition to outstanding performance and ability, best exemplifies the discipline of Vince Lombardi. Head coaches of NCAA FBS teams, all former winners and finalists of the Lombardi Award, and selected members of the national sports media make up the electorate that decides the award winner.
One of the few remaining stand-alone NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision collegiate awards, each year the four finalists of the Lombardi Award travel to Houston for the presentation. Earlier today, finalists made stops at Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Children’s Hospital to visit the Front Line Kids, children who are fighting cancer here in the Houston community. Since the award’s inception, millions has been raised to help fund cancer research, public education and direct services to cancer patients through the American Cancer Society.
“Scooby has worked hard in his career to earn this award. He is an incredible athlete and he will represent all that the Rotary Lombardi Award is about,” Rotary Lombardi Award committee chair Brian Carr said. “We are so proud to announce Scooby Wright III as the latest winner and our newest member of the Lombardi Award family.”
The Rotary Lombardi Award is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA). The NCFAA was founded in 1997 as a coalition of the major collegiate football awards to protect, preserve and enhance the integrity, influence and prestige of the game’s predominant awards. The NCFAA encourages professionalism and the highest standards for the administration of its member awards and the selection of their candidates and recipients. For more information, visit the association’s official website, ncfaa.org.