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Rotary Lombardi Award Announces Guests Participating in Award Ceremony


HOUSTON – Officials from the Rotary Club of Houston announced today five special guests that will participate in the Rotary Lombardi Award at Houston’s Wortham Center on Wednesday, December 11.

Broadcast legend Dick Enberg, Olympic gold medalist Mary Lou Retton, former collegiate football coach LaVell Edwards, and renowned Notre Dame walk-on Rudy Ruettinger will participate in the ceremony honoring the nation’s best Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) down lineman or linebacker.

Former Secretary of State, Dr. Condoleezza Rice, will also address guests in attendance through a prerecorded message on the importance of education for the next generation of student athletes.

Local Houstonian and CBS Sports commentator, Spencer Tillman, will host the event which will be broadcast live nationally on CBS SportsNet.

Award finalists include Anthony Barr from UCLA, Aaron Donald of Pittsburgh, CJ Mosley from Alabama, and Michael Same of Missouri.  The Rotary Club of Houston will also present one coach from the FBS wits the Excellence in Coaching award.

Media interested in covering the award ceremony should contact Stephanie Weaver at for more information.

Rotary Lombardi Award

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 Web site,


Author: Stephanie Weaver
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