- Davey O'Brien Award
Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award Awarded for the collegiate American football player adjudged to be the best of all NCAA quarterbacks Presented by Davey O'Brien Foundation Location The Fort Worth Club, Fort Worth Texas Country United States First awarded 1981 Currently held by Cameron Newton Official website http://www.daveyobrien.com/
The Davey O'Brien Award, officially the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award, named after Davey O'Brien, is presented annually to the collegiate American football player adjudged by the Davey O'Brien Foundation to be the best of all National Collegiate Athletic Association quarterbacks. The Davey O'Brien Hall of Fame is housed at The Fort Worth Club in Fort Worth, Texas. The annual awards dinner and trophy presentation is held there as well usually in February.
In 1977, directly after the death of O'Brien, the award was established as the Davey O'Brien Memorial Trophy, and was given to the most outstanding player in the now-defunct Southwest Conference. Earl Campbell won the trophy in 1977, Billy Sims in 1978, and Mike Singletary won it twice in 1979 and 1980. In 1980, it was renamed to the Davey O'Brien Award, and from 1981 onwards it has been awarded to the nation's top quarterback annually.
Robert David "Davey" O’Brien was born in Dallas, Texas on June 22, 1917. As a youth he quarterbacked a sandlot football team self-named the Gaston Avenue Bulldogs, and he spent several summers at the Kanakuk Boys’ Kamp near Branson, Missouri. At 118 lb (54 kg), he was an All-State selection who led Woodrow Wilson High School to the state playoffs in 1932.
O’Brien enrolled at Texas Christian University in 1935 but sat on the bench behind Sammy Baugh. In 1937, O’Brien’s first season as starting quarterback, TCU fell to a mediocre 4–4–2 record, but O’Brien was named to the All-Southwest Conference first team. O’Brien had 1,457 passing yards, a Southwest Conference record that stood for ten years, and only four interceptions in 194 passing attempts. In 1938, he led TCU's Horned Frogs to their first undefeated season, including a 15–7 victory over Carnegie Tech in the Sugar Bowl, and the national championship. The 150 lb (68 kg) O’Brien completed 110 of 194 passes for 1,733 yards and 19 touchdowns. O’Brien was named to thirteen All-America teams and became the only college football player to win the Heisman Trophy, Maxwell Award, and Walter Camp trophies in the same year. When he went to New York to accept the Heisman Trophy, Amon Carter and other Fort Worth boosters hired a stagecoach to carry him to the Downtown Athletic Club.
After graduating from TCU, O’Brien signed a $10,000 contract with the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League. In his rookie season with the Eagles, he passed for 1,324 yards in eleven games, breaking fellow TCU alum Baugh’s NFL record and was named first-team quarterback on the National Football Leagues’ All-Pro Team. The Eagles gave him a $2,000 raise, but he retired after the 1940 season to join the Federal Bureau of Investigation. After completing his training, he was assigned to the bureau’s field office in Springfield, Missouri. O’Brien was a firearms instructor at headquarters in Quantico, Virginia, and spent the last five years of his FBI career in Dallas. He retired in 1950 and went to work for Haroldson L. Hunt in land development and later entered the oil business working for Dresser-Atlas Industries of Dallas and eventually started his own business.
Davey O’Brien was named to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1955 and the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 1956. In 1971 O’Brien was diagnosed with cancer and underwent surgery to remove a kidney and part of his right lung. He succumbed to cancer on November 18, 1977.
Other awards for quarterbacks
The Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award is awarded to seniors. The Manning Award has been given since 2004. The Sammy Baugh Trophy is awarded annually to the nation's top college passer, not necessarily the top quarterback. The Touchdown Club of Columbus also presents a Quarterback of the Year award to the top quarterback.
Trophies won by school
School Winners BYU 4 Florida 3 Oklahoma 3 Florida State 2 Iowa 2 Miami 2 Penn State 2 Texas 2 Boston College 1 Georgia Tech 1 Houston 1 Kansas State 1 Nebraska 1 Ohio State 1 Syracuse 1 Tennessee 1 UCLA 1 Auburn 1
Davey O'Brien Award winners
1981: McMahon | 1982: Blackledge | 1983: S. Young | 1984: Flutie | 1985: Long | 1986: Testaverde | 1987: McPherson | 1988: Aikman | 1989: Ware | 1990: Detmer | 1991: Detmer | 1992: Torretta | 1993: Ward | 1994: Collins | 1995: Wuerffel | 1996: Wuerffel | 1997: Manning | 1998: Bishop | 1999: Hamilton | 2000: Weinke | 2001: Crouch | 2002: Banks | 2003: White | 2004: White | 2005: V. Young | 2006: Smith | 2007: Tebow | 2008: Bradford | 2009: McCoy | 2010: Newton
College football awards Overall trophies Overall media awards Positional awardsBronko Nagurski Trophy (Defenseman) • Chuck Bednarik Award (Defenseman) • Dave Rimington Trophy (Center) • Davey O'Brien Award (Quarterback) • Dick Butkus Award (Linebacker) • Doak Walker Award (Running back) • Fred Biletnikoff Award (Wide receiver) • Jim Thorpe Award (Defensive back) • John Mackey Award (Tight end) • Lombardi Award (Lineman/linebacker) • Lott Trophy (Defenseman) • Lou Groza Award (Placekicker) • Manning Award (Quarterback) • Outland Trophy (Interior lineman) • Ray Guy Award (Punter) • Ted Hendricks Award (Defensive end) Other national player awardsChic Harley Award (Best player) • Archie Griffin Award (Best player) • Bill Willis Trophy (Defensive lineman) • Jack Lambert Trophy (Linebacker) • Jack Tatum Trophy (Defensive back) • Jim Brown Trophy (Running back) • Jim Parker Trophy (Offensive lineman) • Paul Hornung Award (Most versatile) • Sammy Baugh Trophy (Quarterback) • Paul Warfield Trophy (Wide receiver) • Johnny Unitas Award (Senior quarterback) All-Americans Head coaching awardsAFCA Coach of the Year (1935) • Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year (1957) • SN Coach of the Year (1963) • Walter Camp Coach of the Year Award (1967) • Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year (1976) • Woody Hayes Trophy (1977) • Paul "Bear" Bryant Award (1986) • Home Depot Coach of the Year (1994) • AP Coach of the Year (1998) • Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award (2006) • Bobby Bowden Coach of the Year Award (2009) • Joseph V. Paterno Award (2010) (formerly the George Munger Award (1989)) Assistant coaching awards Conference awards Division I FCS awards Other divisions/associations Academic, inspirational,
and versatility awardsAcademic All-America of the Year (Student-athlete) • Disney's Wide World of Sports Spirit Award • William V. Campbell Trophy (Student-athlete) • Wuerffel Trophy (Humanitarian-athlete) • Lowe's Senior CLASS Award (Student-athlete) • Burlsworth Trophy (Walk-on) • Rudy Award (inspirational/motivational)
Service awards Regional awardsNils V. "Swede" Nelson Award (New England Sportsmanship) Halls of fame
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