View Full Version : Butkus Award is defining 'Best Linebacker' very broadly this year

10-17-2009, 11:19 AM
Even in sports, all awards are political awards in some fashion, symbols of perceived personal or professional virtue at least as much as they are of performance. Name a prize -- Oscars, Nobels, Heismans, anything -- and its winners are frequently steeped in sentiment on top of achievement, as a matter of course.

But the Butkus Award, handed out annually since 1985 to "the best of the best" high school, college and pro linebacker of the year, may be the first award to consider eschewing achievement entirely in this year's selection, unless inspirational charity work has become more important to playing linebacker than actually playing linebacker:

The Butkus Award for the top linebacker in college football could go to a player who isn’t expected to make it onto the field this season.

Boston College's Mark Herzlich was among the 16 semifinalists announced on Friday. Herzlich is out for the season while recovering from a rare form of cancer called Ewing’s Sarcoma. He has helped raise more than $80,000 for research and education about the disease.


10-17-2009, 01:29 PM

10-17-2009, 01:41 PM
Nice gesture, but inappropriate in my opinion. It is great that he is doing this, but he should not be on the list.

10-17-2009, 07:19 PM
maybe not, but maybe there wasn't anyone else worthy of it

10-17-2009, 09:50 PM
maybe not, but maybe there wasn't anyone else worthy of it

rolando mcclain alabama

10-20-2009, 11:35 AM
rolando mcclain alabama

He is on the list:

Rennie Curran, Georgia
Obi Ezeh, Michigan
Chris Galippo, USC
Mark Herzlich, Boston College
Greg Jones, Michigan State
Sergio Kindle, Texas
Sean Lee, Penn State
Travis Lewis, Oklahoma
Rolando McClain, Alabama
Von Miller, Texas A&M
Eric Norwood, South Carolina
Perry Riley, LSU
Brandon Spikes, Florida
Quan Sturdivant, North Carolina
Daryl Washington, TCU
Sean Weatherspoon, Missouri

10-20-2009, 11:38 AM
I think Obama is on the list as well. I say 2-1 he gets it. :D