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About The Lombardi Award



The history and significance of the Lombardi Award are deeply rooted in the legacy of Coach Vince Lombardi and his commitment to character, discipline, and excellence. Just weeks after Coach Vince Lombardi's passing in 1970 due to colon cancer, the Rotary Club of Houston established the Lombardi Award with the authorization of Vince Lombardi's widow, Marie, and his sister, Madeline Lombardi Werner.

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This prestigious accolade continues to honor the Outstanding College Football Lineman, whether on offense or defense, who displays exceptional performance and ability and embodies the character and discipline that Vince Lombardi championed throughout his life.

Mrs. Lombardi stipulates that the net proceeds generated from Gala sponsorship and table sales are dedicated to supporting cancer research efforts. This commitment is in honor of Coach Vince Lombardi, who tragically lost his life to the disease. Since the inception of the Lombardi Award in 1970, charitable fundraising services have been an integral part of the initiative. Notably, these efforts have raised millions of dollars to advance cancer research programs. 

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More about the Lombardi Award

The Trophy

The granite trophy honors the memory of the legendary figure who molded men into winners on and off the field and inspires the participation of READ MORE

Front Line Kids

The Front Line Kids are an integral part of the Lombardi Award™ and for 50 years READ MORE

Award Committee

Football is the ultimate team sport, so it's no surprise that it takes a team of excellence to maintain the Lombardi Award, which has been established for over 50 years.  Meet our committee.


What does it take to be a Lombardi Award nominee?  Read about the pre-requisites here.

7 Blocks of Granite

Rotary Club of Houston recognizes seven extraordinary individuals who have not only upheld the legacy of Vince Lombardi but have also made significant contributions to the advancement... READ MORE

Rotary Club

of Houston

The Rotary Club of Houston is a group of business leaders working together collaboratively to impact positive change in our community and worldwide, operating consistently with Rotary's motto of Service Above Self. READ MORE

Vince Lombardi

Lombardi is considered by many to be the greatest coach in football history, and he is recognized as one of the greatest coaches and leaders in the history of all American sports. READ MORE

Fact Sheet

Read about the facts and figures around the Lombardi Award. READ MORE

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