CHARLOTTE, N.C. (FWAA) – The Charlotte Touchdown Club,
in conjunction with the Football Writers Association of
America and Florida East Coast Railway,
proudly announce Randy Rhino as recipient of the
2013 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, December 9. Randy Rhino's
athletic career began in Charlotte where he was a 3-sport star at
South Mecklenburg High School and helped lead Olympic High School
to the 1970 North Carolina State High School Championship game.
Following in his father's footsteps, Rhino attended Georgia Tech
where he was first-team All-American in 1972, 1973 and 1974. Rhino's
son, Kelley also played for Georgia Tech and surpassed Rhino's career
and season punt return records.
"I am honored to even be mentioned in the same breath of Bronko
Nagurski and some of the names of previous Legends Awards honorees,"
said Randy Rhino. "I would certainly like to thank my parents for
their support and Coach Dick Bestwick, my freshman coach at Georgia
Tech, who converted me to defensive back."
Rhino continued, "Football is so much like life. We all get knocked
down in football, and you have to get back up as quickly as you
can. Some get up faster than others, and some take more time. But
in the end, every player gets knocked down. As we all know it's
just the same in life!"
Rhino was named to Georgia Tech's All-Time Team in 1991, and
is a member of the Georgia Tech and Georgia Sports Halls of Fame.
He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2002 and
inducted into the Atlanta Sports Hall of Fame in 2012.
Currently, Randy Rhino is living in Atlanta and works in the
Georgia Tech training room as the Official Team Chiropractor for
the Georgia Tech Athletic Association.
Rhino joins the list of elite Bronko Legends Award winners including:
Bubba Smith and Alan Page (2007), Ted Hendricks (2008), Roger Wehrli
(2009), Mike McCoy (2010), Jack Youngblood (2011), and Larry Jacobson
The 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.
"Randy Rhino represents all that is good about college athletics
having demonstrated excellence on the playing field and in life,"
said James R. Hertwig, CEO of Florida East Coast Railway.
"Florida East Coast Railway is honored to sponsor this award
and takes great pride in our support of the Charlotte Touchdown
Club and its mission to promote Citizenship, Scholarship, Sportsmanship
Randy Rhino is a great representative from our FWAA All-America
Team. Not only was he a great player for Georgia Tech, he is also
a Hall of Famer in his professional and personal life. He represents
the best of what college football can do for a person," commented
Steve Richardson, Executive Director for The Football Writers Association
About the Florida East Coast Railway
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between Jacksonville, Fla., and Miami, Fla., with exclusive rail
access to the Port of Palm Beach, Port Everglades (Ft. Lauderdale)
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The Bronko Nagurski Trophy 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,
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 $1,500,000 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
• 2013: Randy Rhino, Georgia Tech
• 2012: Larry Jacobson,
• 2011: Jack Youngblood, Florida
Mike McCoy, Notre Dame
• 2009: Roger Wehrli, Missouri
2008: Ted Hendricks, Miami
• 2007: Bubba Smith and George
Webster, Michigan State; Jim Lynch and Alan Page, Notre Dame