We’re always happy to pay tribute to the giants of the past whose shoulders we proudly stand on. With a tradition of recognizing and honoring the accomplishments of the brightest and best from our industry, we are happy to present the past winners below. If you’d like more information, feel free to get in touch.
Born on March 16, 1969, in Chicago, Illinois, Chris Zorich began his football career at Notre Dame, where he was a vital member of the 1988 team that won the national championship. At Notre Dame, he was a two-time consensus All-American. In the 1990 season, Chris finished with 57 tackles and a team-leading 12 tackles for loss, and he won the Lombardi Award and was widely regarded as the best college football lineman. In 2007, Zorich was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
In 1991, Zorich was selected by the Chicago Bears in the 2nd round of the NFL Draft, where he played for six seasons, making the Pro Bowl in 1992 and helping the team reach the Super Bowl in the same year. After his stint with the Bears, he played for the Washington Redskins for two seasons before retiring in 1997. Known for his quickness and relentless pursuit of the ball, Zorich earned the nickname "Z-Man" during his playing days.
After his retirement, Zorich dedicated his life to philanthropy and community service. In 1993, he founded the Chris Zorich Foundation, which assists disadvantaged families and individuals in the Chicago area. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the National Sports Philanthropy Association. Zorich's philanthropic efforts have earned him recognition as one of the most charitable athletes in NFL history, and his legacy continues to inspire others to give back to their communities.
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