CHARLOTTE, N.C. (FWAA) – The Charlotte Touchdown
Club, in conjunction with the Football Writers
Association of America, proudly announces Larry
Jacobson as recipient of the 2012 Bronko Nagurski
Legends Award, which recognizes outstanding defensive football
players from the past 40 years.
The award will be presented formally during the annual Bronko
Nagurski Trophy Awards Banquet held Monday, Dec. 3 and presented
During Nebraska's 1970 and '71 National Championship seasons,
Larry Jacobson averaged almost 20 solo tackles per season and won
numerous honors including All-American and the Outland Trophy as
the nation's top interior lineman in 1971. The University of Nebraska
bestowed its ultimate honor on Jacobson with the retirement of his
number 75 jersey in 1994.
"I was deeply honored to learn I had been chosen to receive
the 2012 Bronko Nagurski Legends Award. Bronko Nagurski is one of
football's true legends and I assume I was selected to receive this
honor because I won the Outland Trophy during my senior year as
part of the Nebraska 1971 team, which was recently named as the
best college football team of all time," said Jacobson. "I
am especially thrilled to receive an award based on my accomplishments
before the NFL, because I consider college football the greatest
game in the world. When I go to Charlotte to accept this honor,
it will be on behalf of all of my 1971 teammates and the way we
played the game more than 40 years ago."
Jacobson joins a rapidly expanding list of elite Bronko Legends
Award winners including: Bubba Smith and Alan Page 2007, Ted Hendricks
2008, Roger Wehrli 2009, Mike McCoy 2010 and Jack Youngblood 2011.
Bronko Nagurski Legends Award, sponsored by Florida East Coast Railway,
was initially presented in 2007 to players from the 1966 season,
the first season the FWAA All-American Teams were separated into
defense and offense.
"Larry Jacobson is the latest in a growing list of Bronko
Nagurski Legends Award recipients who have demonstrated excellence
both during their playing careers and beyond," said James R.
Hertwig, CEO of Florida East Coast Railway. "Florida East Coast
Railway takes great pride in our support of the Charlotte Touchdown
Club and its mission to promote Citizenship, Scholarship, Sportsmanship
"Larry Jacobson is an Outland Winner from 1971, symbolic
of the best interior lineman in college football. And, if we had
had the Nagurski Award back then, he might have won that as well.
Nebraska's 1971 football team was part of an iconic era for that
school when the Cornhuskers won back-to-back national championships.
The 1971 team was one of the greatest teams in college football
history that played in one of the greatest games in college football
history against Oklahoma, a 35-31 Nebraska win in Norman. He was
a stellar defensive tackle," commented Steve Richardson, Executive
Director for the Football Writers Association of America.
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as a coalition of the major collegiate football awards to protect,
preserve and enhance the integrity, influence and prestige of the
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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 and over the last decade has raised nearly $1,250,000 for
student athletic scholarships throughout the Charlotte Metro Area.
About the Charlotte Touchdown Club
Touchdown Club is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 1991
with the goal 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. For more information, call 704-347-2918 or visit
All-Time Bronko Nagurski Legends Award Winners
2012: Larry Jacobson, Nebraska
• 2011: Jack Youngblood,
• 2010: Mike McCoy, Notre Dame
Roger Wehrli, Missouri
• 2008: Ted Hendricks, Miami
2007: Bubba Smith and George Webster, Michigan State; Jim Lynch
and Alan Page, Notre Dame