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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.

Steve Emtman, born on April 16, 1970, is a former University of Washington defensive end who had an illustrious career in college and the NFL. Emtman played college football at the University of Washington, achieving remarkable success. He was a vital member of the 1991 Husky undefeated national championship team and was considered the best overall player on the squad. Emtman's impressive junior year earned him numerous accolades, including the Outland Trophy, Lombardi Award, Bill Willis Award, and UPI Lineman of the Year. He was also named the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year. In 2006, Emtman was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

In the NFL, Emtman was chosen as the first overall pick in the 1992 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts. He immediately impacted and gained recognition for his game-sealing 90-yard interception return for a touchdown in his rookie year. Emtman's NFL career, however, was marred by injuries. He faced knee injuries and a ruptured disc in his neck, which limited his playing time and forced him to spend multiple seasons on the injured reserve list. Despite the setbacks, Emtman showcased his talent during his five seasons in the NFL, playing for the Colts, Miami Dolphins, and Washington Redskins.

Emtman's outstanding performance and achievements during his college career and impressive presence in the NFL earned him a place in the College Football Hall of Fame in 2006. Known for his physicality and intensity on the field, Emtman was a dominant force as a defensive lineman. His ability to shut down opposing run offenses and excel as a pass rusher made him a formidable presence. Even though injuries curtailed his professional career, Emtman's impact on the game and his relentless spirit continue to be remembered and appreciated by football fans all over.

STEVE EMTMAN

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