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34 Persons awarded the Knute Rockne Memorial Trophy:

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Presented annually by the Washington D.C. Touchdown Club to the collegiate lineman of the year

Aaron Taylor

Real/Birth Name:
Aaron Matthew Taylor
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
46, 27 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Offensive guard. Teams University of Notre Dame, Green Bay Packers, San Diego Chargers. Jim Parker Trophy 1993. Jim Parker Trophy 1997. Rotary Lombardi Award 1993. Knute Rockne Memorial Trophy 1993. Nebraska Football Hall of Fame 1998.

Bill Fralic

Real/Birth Name:
William P. Fralic Jr.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
56
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Offensive guard, tackle. Height 6' 5". Teams University of Pittsburgh, Atlanta Falcons, Detroit Lions. UPI Lineman of the Year 1984. College Football Hall of Fame 1999. Knute Rockne Memorial Trophy 1983. Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame 2000.

Billy Ray Smith Jr.

Real/Birth Name:
Billy Ray Smith Jr.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
57
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Linebacker. Teams University of Arkansas, San Diego Chargers. Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame 1995. College Football Hall of Fame 2000. Knute Rockne Memorial Trophy 1982. Southwest Conference Hall of Fame 2015. Texas High School Football Hall of Fame 1989. University of Arkansas Sports Hall of Honor 1997.

Bob Pellegrini

Real/Birth Name:
Robert Francis Pellegrini
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
73
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Center,linebacker. Teams University of Maryland, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins. UPI Lineman of the Year 1955. College Football Hall of Fame 1996. Knute Rockne Memorial Trophy 1955. Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame 1985.

Bruce Smith (defensive end)

Real/Birth Name:
Bruce Bernard Smith
Nickname(s):
The Sack Man
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
55
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Defensive end. Teams Virginia Tech University, Buffalo Bills, Washington Redskins. Buffalo Bills Wall of Fame 2008. Pro Football Hall of Fame 2009. Outland Trophy 1984. Hampton Roads Sports Hall of Fame 2008. College Football Hall of Fame 2006. Associated Press NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award 1990. Associated Press NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award 1996. Knute Rockne Memorial Trophy 1984. NFL Player of the Year 1996.

Bud McFadin

Real/Birth Name:
Lewis Pate McFadin
Also Known As:
Lewis "Bud" McFadin
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
77
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Tackle and linebacker on defense, as well as tackle and guard on offense. Teams University of Texas, Los Angeles Rams, Denver Broncos, Houston Oilers. College Football Hall of Fame 1983. Knute Rockne Memorial Trophy 1950. Longhorn Men's Hall of Honor 1973. Texas Sports Hall of Fame. Southwest Conference Hall of Fame 2013.

Chad Hennings

Real/Birth Name:
Chad William Hennings
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
53
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Defensive tackle, teams United States Air Force Academy, Dallas Cowboys. Four years as an Air Force pilot. Academic All-America Hall of Fame 1999. College Football Hall of Fame 2006. Colorado Sports Hall of Fame 2005. Iowa Sports Hall of Fame 2002. Knute Rockne Memorial Trophy 1987. Outland Trophy 1987. UPI Lineman of the Year 1987. National High School Hall of Fame 2005. Walter Camp Alumni of the Year Award 2014.

Chris Zorich

Real/Birth Name:
Christppher Robert Zorich
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
49
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Defensive tackle, teamsUniversity of Notre Dame, Chicago Bears, Washington Redskins. College Football Hall of Fame 2007. Knute Rockne Memorial Trophy 1989. Knute Rockne Memorial Trophy 1990. Orange Bowl Hall of Fame 2009. Rotary Lombardi Award 1990. Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame. UPI Lineman of the Year 1989. Byron "Whizzer" White NFL Man of the Year Award 1997.

Chuck Bednarik

Real/Birth Name:
Charles Philip Bednarik
Nickname(s):
Concrete Charlie
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
89
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

The last two-way player in the National Football League. Linebacker and center. Team Philadelphia Eagles. College Football Hall of Fame 1969. Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame 1963. Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame 2004. Pro Football Hall of Fame 1967. Maxwell Award 1948. Eagles Hall of Fame 1987. Knute Rockne Memorial Trophy 1947. Walter Camp Distinguished American Award 2010.

Dick Butkus

Real/Birth Name:
Richard Marvin Butkus
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
76, 2 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Teams University of Illinois, Chicago Bears middle linebacker. Pro Football Hall of Fame 1979. TV series Blue Thunder, Hang Time. Movies Any Given Sunday, Necessary Roughness. Spokesman for Miller Lite. Rose Bowl Hall of Fame 1995. College Football Hall of Fame 1983. Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame. Knute Rockne Memorial Trophy 1963. Knute Rockne Memorial Trophy 1964. UPI Lineman of the Year 1964. East-West Shrine Game Hall of Fame 2002. Walter Camp Man of the Year 2007.

Dick Modzelewski

Real/Birth Name:
Richard Blair Modzelewski
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
87
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Defensive tackle. Teams University of Maryland, Washington Redskins, Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Giants, Cleveland Browns. College Football Hall of Fame 1993. Knute Rockne Memorial Trophy 1952. National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame. Outland Trophy 1952. Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame 2000. Southern Conference Hall of Fame 2012.

Ed Jones

Real/Birth Name:
Edward Lee Jones
Also Known As:
Ed "Too Tall" Jones
Edward Jones
Nickname(s):
Too Tall
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
67
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

6' 9" defensive end for NFL football team Dallas Cowboys. Movies Necessary Roughness, Semi-Tough. Professional boxer in 1979. Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame 1994. Senior Bowl Hall of Fame 1989. Black College Football Hall of Fame 2013. Knute Rockne Memorial Trophy 1973.

Hugh Green

Real/Birth Name:
Hugh Donell Green
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
59
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Linebacker. Teams Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Miami Dolphins. College Football Hall of Fame 1996. TaxSlayer Gator Bowl Hall of Fame 2002. Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum 2009. Maxwell Award 1980. Rotary Lombardi Award 1980. Walter Camp Award 1980. Knute Rockne Memorial Trophy 1980. UPI Lineman of the Year 1980.

Jerry Tubbs

Real/Birth Name:
Gerald J. Tubbs
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
77
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Linebacker. Teams University of Oklahoma, Chicago Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys. Cowboys linebackers coach for 21 years. College Football Hall of Fame 1996. Knute Rockne Memorial Trophy 1956. Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame 1999. Texas High School Football Hall of Fame 1971. UPI Lineman of the Year 1956.

Jim Lynch

Real/Birth Name:
James Robert Lynch
Gender:
Male
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Linebacker. Teams University of Notre Dame, Kansas City Chiefs. Chiefs Hall of Fame 1990. College Football Hall of Fame 1992. Maxwell Award 1966. Knute Rockne Memorial Trophy 1966.

Jim Stillwagon

Real/Birth Name:
Jim Stillwagon
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
68, 7 days before his 69th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Defensive tackle. Teams Ohio State University, Toronto Argonauts. College Football Hall of Fame 1991. Knute Rockne Memorial Trophy 1970. Ohio State Men's Varsity "O" Hall of Fame 1979. Outland Trophy 1970. Rotary Lombardi Award 1970. UPI Lineman of the Year 1970.

Joe Romig

Real/Birth Name:
Joe Romig
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
77
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Guard, team University of Colorado. Rhodes scholar, became an astrophysicist. Academic All-America Hall of Fame 1989. College Football Hall of Fame 1984. Colorado Sports Hall of Fame 1973. Knute Rockne Memorial Trophy 1961. Orange Bowl Hall of Fame 1987. UPI Lineman of the Year 1961. National High School Hall of Fame 1990.

John Hannah

Real/Birth Name:
John Allen Hannah
Nickname(s):
Hog
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
67
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Left guard, teams University of Alabama, New England Patriots. Alabama Sports Hall of Fame 1988. College Football Hall of Fame 1999. Knute Rockne Memorial Trophy 1972. Orange Bowl Hall of Fame 2007. Pro Football Hall of Fame 1991. Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame. New England Patriots Hall of Fame 1991.

Ken Kavanaugh

Real/Birth Name:
Kenneth William Kavanaugh
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
90
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

End. Teams Louisiana State University, Chicago Bears. Ends coach, several teams, then a scout. Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame 1966. College Football Hall of Fame 1963. Knute Rockne Memorial Trophy 1939. Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame 1970.

Lee Roy Selmon

Real/Birth Name:
Lee Roy Selmon
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
56
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Relationships:

younger brother of
Younger than Dewey Selmon by less than 1 year.

Brief Facts:

Defensive lineman. Team Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Ring of Honor 2009. College Football Hall of Fame 1988. Florida Sports Hall of Fame 1989. Orange Bowl Hall of Fame 1983. Pro Football Hall of Fame 1995. Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame. Outland Trophy 1975. Rotary Lombardi Award 1975. Oklahoma Hall of Fame 2009. Academic All-America Hall of Fame 1994. Knute Rockne Memorial Trophy 1975. Associated Press NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award 1979. UPI Lineman of the Year 1975. Walter Camp Alumni of the Year Award 1996.

Leon Hart

Real/Birth Name:
Leon Joseph Hart
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
73
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Heisman Trophy 1949, team University of Notre Dame, as end. Team Detroit Lions. College Football Hall of Fame 1973. Michigan Sports Hall of Fame 1997. National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame. Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame 1985. Maxwell Award 1949. Knute Rockne Memorial Trophy 1949.

Lou Michaels

Real/Birth Name:
Louis Andrew Michaels
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
80
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Placekicker, defensive end. Teams University of Kentucky, Los Angeles Rams, Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Colts, Green Bay Packers. College Football Hall of Fame 1992. Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame 1993. Knute Rockne Memorial Trophy 1957. National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame. Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame 1989.

Mike Reid

Real/Birth Name:
Michael Barry Reid
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
71
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Defensive tackle, teams Pennsylvania State University, Cincinnati Bengals. Song Stranger in My House. College Football Hall of Fame 1987. Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame 2005. Orange Bowl Hall of Fame 1987. Maxwell Award 1969. Outland Trophy 1969. Knute Rockne Memorial Trophy 1969. Walter Camp Alumni of the Year Award 1987.

Orlando Pace

Real/Birth Name:
Orlando Lamar Pace
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
43
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Offensive tackle. Teams St. Louis Rams, Chicago Bears. College Football Hall of Fame 2013. Rose Bowl Hall of Fame 2013. Ohio State Men's Varsity "O" Hall of Fame 2011. Outland Trophy 1996. Rotary Lombardi Award 1995. Rotary Lombardi Award 1996. Pro Football Hall of Fame 2016. Jim Parker Trophy 1996. St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame 2012. Knute Rockne Memorial Trophy 1996. UPI Lineman of the Year 1996. Walter Camp Alumni of the Year Award 2016.

Pat Richter

Real/Birth Name:
Hugh Vernon Richter
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
77
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

End, wide receiver, punter at team University of Wisconsin. Later athletic director. College Football Hall of Fame 1996. Knute Rockne Memorial Trophy 1962. Rose Bowl Hall of Fame 1994. University of Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame 1991. Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame 1988. Academic All-America Hall of Fame 1995.

Randy White

Real/Birth Name:
Randall Lee White
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
65, 35 days before his 66th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Defensive tackle. Teams University of Maryland, Dallas Cowboys. Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame 1994. College Football Hall of Fame 1994. Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor 1994. Pro Football Hall of Fame 1994. Outland Trophy 1974. Rotary Lombardi Award 1974. Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Hall of Fame 2002. Texas Sports Hall of Fame. Knute Rockne Memorial Trophy 1974. UPI Lineman of the Year 1974. East-West Shrine Game Hall of Fame 2007.

Ron Yary

Real/Birth Name:
Anthony Ronald Yary
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
72
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Football lineman for teams University of Southern California, Minnesota Vikings. College Football Hall of Fame 1987. Pro Football Hall of Fame 2001. Minnesota Vikings Ring of Honor 2001. USC Athletic Hall of Fame 1997. Rose Bowl Hall of Fame 2012. Outland Trophy 1967. Knute Rockne Memorial Trophy 1967.

Ruben Brown

Real/Birth Name:
Ruben Parnell Brown
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
46
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Guard. Teams University of Pittsburgh, Buffalo Bills, Chicago Bears. Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Hall of Fame 2015. College Football Hall of Fame 2015. Knute Rockne Memorial Trophy 1994. Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame 2011.

Ted Hendricks

Real/Birth Name:
Theodore Paul Hendricks
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
71
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Born in Guatemala where his father was working. Linebacker, teams Baltimore Colts, Green Bay Packers, Oakland Raiders, Los Angeles Raiders 1980. Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame 2006. College Football Hall of Fame 1987. Florida Sports Hall of Fame 1976. Pro Football Hall of Fame 1990. Senior Bowl Hall of Fame 2003. National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame. University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame 1980. Knute Rockne Memorial Trophy 1968. Baltimore Ravens Ring of Honor 2000. University of Miami Ring of Honor 1997. Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame. UPI Lineman of the Year 1968.

Tom Brown (guard)

Real/Birth Name:
Tom Brown
Nickname(s):
Rock of Gibralter
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
82, 6 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Guard. Teams University of Minnesota, BC Lions. Canadian Football Hall of Fame 1984. Outland Trophy 1960. UPI Lineman of the Year 1960. College Football Hall of Fame 2003. Knute Rockne Memorial Trophy 1960.

Tony Casillas

Real/Birth Name:
Tony Steven Casillas
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
55
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Defensive tackle, nose guard. Teams University of Oklahoma, Atlanta Falcons, Dallas Cowboys, New York Jets. College Football Hall of Fame 2004. Knute Rockne Memorial Trophy 1985. Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame 2008. Rotary Lombardi Award 1985. UPI Lineman of the Year 1985.

Tracy Rocker

Real/Birth Name:
Tracy Quinton Rocker
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
52
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Defensive tackle. Teams Auburn University, Washington Redskins, Orlando Thunder. Alabama Sports Hall of Fame 2005. College Football Hall of Fame 2004. Outland Trophy 1988. Rotary Lombardi Award 1988. Knute Rockne Memorial Trophy 1988.

Wilson Whitley

Real/Birth Name:
Wilson Whitley
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
37
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Defensive tackle. Teams University of Houston, Cincinnati Bengals, Houston Oilers. Died of a heart condition. College Football Hall of Fame 2007. Knute Rockne Memorial Trophy 1976. Rotary Lombardi Award 1976. Texas High School Football Hall of Fame 1986. University of Houston Cougars Hall of Honor 1998. Southwest Conference Hall of Fame 2013.
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