How the Winner is Selected   


From Hundreds of Candidates to the “Twelve Semifinalists” to our “Four Nominees”


To be considered for the Rotary Lombardi Award, players must be a NCAA FBS College Football team member and meet the following qualifications:


  • Be a down lineman, end to end, either on offense or defense, setting up no further than ten (10) yards to the left or right of the ball at the time of the snap.

  • Be a Linebacker on defense, setting up no further than five (5) yards deep from the line of scrimmage. 

  • The Player must not come out of the offensive backfield and set up on the line of scrimmage as a blocker or a receive or listed in the program as an offensive back or receiver.

  • Candidates must be eligible to participate in the current season 

  • A player must best exemplify the courage, desire, respect for authority that defined Vincent Lombardi’s exceptional brand of DISCIPLINE. 


With the spring release of a preliminary watch list, the three-tier voting process will include a blank ballot to establish the Top 12, leading to the Four Nominees and ultimately the winner who will be announced in Houston, Texas on December 7, 2022 at the Hilton Americas-Houston. 


The voters are comprised of past winners and nominees, coaches and over 300 members of the press. 

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Created and Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Houston
Honoring the College Football Lineman of the Year