CHARLOTTE, N.C. (FWAA) – The Charlotte Touchdown Club
announced today that Roger Wehrli has been named recipient of the
2009 Bronko Nagurski Legends Award, which recognizes the
the best" of college defensive football players from the past 40
The award, selected annually by the
Football Writers Association
of America, will be presented during the Bronko Nagurski Awards
Banquet scheduled for Mon., Dec. 7 at the Westin Hotel in
Wehrli was an All-American at the University of Missouri. Wehrli
is a member of the University of Missouri Hall of Fame and also
was selected to take part in the 50-year Anniversary All-Senior
Bowl Team. Wehrli was taken in the first round of the NFL draft
and played for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1969-82.
"This is a big thrill for me," Wehrli said. "You look back after
being out of football and the limelight, and then realize how much
fun playing was. The past few years have been great for me with
the induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame three years ago
and now this. It’s a great honor," he said. "In addition, seeing
Ted Hendricks win last year makes winning this year even more
special, since he and I came up during the same time and are
such good friends," Wehrli said.
The 2009 Bronko Nagurski Legends Award, presented by CSX Intermodal, considers
players from the 1969 season. All The Legends Award winners are
selected from the first team All-America aquad for a specific year.
To view FWAA All-America teams, go to fwaa.com.
James R. Hertwig, president of CSX Intermodal, said "Every year
I look forward to being a part of such an inspirational and well-regarded
event. On behalf of CSX Intermodal, we are proud to sponsor the
annual Bronko Nagurski Legends Award, which recognizes the talented
defensive players that helped shape the course of college football."
He added that it is a pleasure to continue to work with the Charlotte
Touchdown Club to honor the key contributors from college football’s
rich 40 year history.
The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is presented annually by the Charlotte
Touchdown Club and Football Writers Association of America to the
nation’s most outstanding NCAA defensive football player. The Charlotte
Touchdown Club also honors local college and high school football
players. Over the last decade, the Club has raised nearly $900,000
for student athletic scholarships throughout the Charlotte Metro
The Charlotte Touchdown Club is a 501(c)-3 non-profit organization
founded in 1991 for the purpose of promoting high school, collegiate
and professional football in the Charlotte, North Carolina region.
The Club's activities and services focus community attention on
the outstanding citizenship, scholarship, sportsmanship, and leadership
of area athletes and coaches.
The Bronko Nagurski Trophy award finalists will be announced
in mid November with the award presented on Dec. 7 at the Bronko Nagurski
Trophy Awards Banquet in Charlotte.
The Football Writers Association of America, a non-profit organization
founded in 1941, consists of more than 1,100 men and women who cover college football
for a living. The membership includes journalists, broadcasters and publicists,
as well as key executives in all the areas that involve the game. The FWAA works
to govern areas that include gameday operations, major awards and its annual All-America
team. For more information about the FWAA and its award programs, contact Steve
Richardson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 972-713-6198.