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33 Persons awarded the Walter Camp Distinguished American Award:

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Presented each year to an individual who has utilized his or her talents to attain great success in business, private life or public service and who may have accomplished that which no other has done. He or she may have a record of dedication to mankind that should not pass unrecognized and a life that has been dedicated to the preservation of the American ideal. The recipient need not have participated in football but must be one who understands its lesson of self-denial, cooperation and teamwork, and one who is a person of honesty, integrity and dedication. He or she must be a leader, an innovator, even a pioneer, who has reached a degree of excellence that distinguishes him or her from contemporaries, as well as someone who lives within the principles of Walter Camp.
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Years Active:
1978-

Bill Walsh

Real/Birth Name:
William Ernest Walsh
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
75
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Coach teams Stanford University, San Francisco 49ers. 49ers Hall of Fame 2009. Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame 1994. California Sports Hall of Fame 2007. Paul Brown Trophy 1989. Pro Football Hall of Fame 1993. Amos Alonzo Stagg Award 2008. Walter Camp Distinguished American Award 2003.

Bob Hope

Real/Birth Name:
Leslie Townes Hope
Also Known As:
Lester Hope
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
100
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Relationships:

husband of
Dolores Hope, until he died.
Older than Dolores Hope by 5 years.

Brief Facts:

Signature song Thanks for the Memory. Movies Call Me Bwana, The Seven Little Foys, Son of Paleface, The Lemon Drop Kid, Fancy Pants, Sorrowful Jones, Road to Bali, Road to Rio, Road to Hong Kong. Broadway revue Ziegfeld Follies of 1936. World Golf Hall of Fame 1983. Television Academy Hall of Fame 1995. Kennedy Center Honors 1985. Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame. Presidential Medal of Freedom 1969. National Medal of Arts 1995. Congressional Gold Medal 1962. London Avenue of Stars. National Radio Hall of Fame 1990. Television Hall of Fame 1987. National Broadcasters Hall of Fame 1977. Cecil B DeMille Award 1963. Walter Camp Distinguished American Award 1985. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6541 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the motion picture industry.
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A star at 6141 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to radio.
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A star at 6758 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the television industry.
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A star at 7021 Hollywood Boulevard for live performance or theater.
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Palm Springs Walk of Stars: A star at 123 N. Palm Canyon Drive; ceremony: 15 November 1992.

Burt Reynolds

Real/Birth Name:
Burton Leon Reynolds Jr.
Nickname(s):
Buddy
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
82
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Relationships:

ex-husband of
Older than Judy Carne by 3 years.
ex-husband of
Older than Loni Anderson by 9 years.

Brief Facts:

Movies Smokey and the Bandit, Boogie Nights, Malone. TV series Dan August, Gunsmoke, Evening Shade, Switching Channels. Dodge City Trail of Fame. Walter Camp Distinguished American Award 1989. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6838 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the motion picture industry; ceremony: 15 March 1978.
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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 Ebersol

Real/Birth Name:
Duncan Dickie Ebersol
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
71
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21

Relationships:

husband of
Younger than Susan St. James by less than 1 year.

Brief Facts:

Executive producer of TV show Saturday Night Live in the early 1980s. Also the Atlanta Olympics. President of NBC Sports. Injured in a plane crash November 2004 - a young son died. United States Olympic Hall of Fame 2005. Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame 2005. Walter Camp Distinguished American Award 1996.

Dick Kazmaier

Real/Birth Name:
Richard William Kazmaier Jr.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
82
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Heisman Trophy 1951, team Princeton University, as halfback. Did not go pro. College Football Hall of Fame 1966. New Jersey Sports Hall of Fame 1997. Maxwell Award 1951. Walter Camp Distinguished American Award 1989.

Eddie Robinson

Real/Birth Name:
Edward Gay Robinson
Also Known As:
Edward Gay Robinson Sr.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
88
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

57 years from 1941 to 1997 as head coach, team Grambling State University. Black College Football Hall of Fame 2010. College Football Hall of Fame 1997. Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame 2008. Senior Bowl Hall of Fame 2001. Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame 1985. Reds Bagnell Award 1990. Amos Alonzo Stagg Award 1982. Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award 1992. Walter Camp Distinguished American Award 1982. Southwestern Athletic Conference Hall of Fame 1992.

Floyd Little

Real/Birth Name:
Floyd Douglas Little
Nickname(s):
The Franchise
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
76
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Running back. Teams Syracuse University, Denver Broncos. College Football Hall of Fame 1983. Colorado Sports Hall of Fame 1977. Denver Broncos Ring of Fame 1984. Pro Football Hall of Fame 2010. TaxSlayer Gator Bowl Hall of Fame 1989. Byron "Whizzer" White NFL Man of the Year Award 1974. Walter Camp Distinguished American Award 2011. Walter Camp Man of the Year 1978.

Frank Broyles

Real/Birth Name:
John Franklin Broyles
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
92
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Quarterback, then coach. Team University of Arkansas. Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame 1967. College Football Hall of Fame 1983. TaxSlayer Gator Bowl Hall of Fame 1995. Georgia Sports Hall of Fame 1971. Orange Bowl Hall of Fame 1991. Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic Hall of Fame 1999. Georgia Tech Athletics Hall of Fame 1960. Southwest Conference Hall of Fame 2013. Walter Camp Distinguished American Award 2007. University of Arkansas Sports Hall of Honor 1988.

Gene Upshaw

Real/Birth Name:
Eugene Thurman Upshaw Jr.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
63, 5 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Football team Oakland Raiders as a guard. Executive director of the NFL Players' Association (union leader for NFL players.) Pro Football Hall of Fame 1987. Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame 1996. Senior Bowl Hall of Fame 1989. Texas Sports Hall of Fame. Lone Star Conference Hall of Honor 1997. Javelina Hall of Fame 1976. Byron "Whizzer" White NFL Man of the Year Award 1980. Walter Camp Distinguished American Award 2000.

George Halas

Real/Birth Name:
George S. Halas
Nickname(s):
Papa Bear
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
88
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Owner and coach of team Chicago Bears. Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame. Pro Football Hall of Fame 1963. Walter Camp Distinguished American Award 1980.

Jim Crowley

Real/Birth Name:
James Harold Crowley
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
83
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Team University of Notre Dame as a fullback in the group The Four Horsemen. Coach for team Fordham University. As a player, College Football Hall of Fame 1966. Indiana Football Hall of Fame. Walter Camp Distinguished American Award 1978. Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame 1970.

Keith Jackson

Real/Birth Name:
Keith Max Jackson
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
89
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Sportscaster for ABC Sports. Covered football, baseball and Olympic Games. American Sportscasters Association Hall of Fame 1994. Rose Bowl Hall of Fame 1999. State of Washington Sports Hall of Fame 2014. Amos Alonzo Stagg Award 1993. National High School Hall of Fame 2001. Walter Camp Distinguished American Award 1995. NSMA Hall of Fame 1995.

Lee Corso

Real/Birth Name:
Leland Corso
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
83
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Quarterback, cornerback. Team Florida State University. Head coach, teams University of Louisville, Indiana University, Northern Illinois University, Orlando Renegades. As himself in movie The Waterboy. Boys and Girls Clubs Alumni Hall of Fame. Florida Sports Hall of Fame 2003. IU Athletics Hall of Fame 2010. University of Louisville Athletic Hall of Fame. Walter Camp Distinguished American Award 2017.

Len Dawson

Real/Birth Name:
Leonard Ray Dawson
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
83
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Quarterback. Teams Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns, Dallas Texans, Kansas City Chiefs. Chiefs Hall of Fame 1979. Missouri Sports Hall of Fame 1994. Pro Football Hall of Fame 1987. Purdue Intercollegiate Athletic Hall of Fame 1996. National High School Hall of Fame 1988. Walter Camp Distinguished American Award 2008. Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award 1973.

Pat Summerall

Real/Birth Name:
George Allen Summerall
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
82, 24 days before his 83rd birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Placekicker for pro teams Detroit Lions, Chicago Cardinals, New York Giants. American Sportscasters Association Hall of Fame 1999. Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame. Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame 1971. Reds Bagnell Award 2002. National High School Hall of Fame 1987. Walter Camp Distinguished American Award 2004. University of Arkansas Sports Hall of Honor 1993. NSMA Hall of Fame 1994.

Paul Tagliabue

Real/Birth Name:
Paul Tagliabue
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
78, 22 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

The former Commissioner of the National Football League, 1989-2006. National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame. New Jersey Sports Hall of Fame 2001. Washington DC Sports Hall of Fame 2017. Theodore Roosevelt Award 2007. Walter Camp Distinguished American Award 1994.

Red Grange

Real/Birth Name:
Harold Edward Grange
Nickname(s):
Red
Galloping Ghost
Ice Man
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
77
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Fullback, teams University of Illinois, Chicago Bears of the NFL. Credited with rise of professional football. College Football Hall of Fame 1951. Pro Football Hall of Fame 1963. Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame. Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame 1994. National High School Hall of Fame 1984. Walter Camp Distinguished American Award 1981.

Regis Philbin

Real/Birth Name:
Regis Francis Xavier Philbin
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
87
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Talk show host. TV series Live! with Kelly, Today, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. Television Academy Hall of Fame 2008. Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame. Bronx Walk of Fame 1998. Television Hall of Fame 2006. NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame 2006. Walter Camp Distinguished American Award 2002. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6834 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the television industry; ceremony: 10 April 2003.
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Robin Roberts

Real/Birth Name:
Robin René Roberts
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
58, 23 days after her birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Basketball in high school and college. Anchor of ABC's morning news TV show Good Morning America. Book From the Heart: Seven Rules to Live By. Women's Basketball Hall of Fame 2012. Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame. Lou Gehrig Memorial Award 1962. Arthur Ashe Courage Award 2013. Walter Camp Distinguished American Award 2009.

Sid Luckman

Real/Birth Name:
Sidney Luckman
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
81
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Quarterback, the first modern T-formation quarterback, and considered the greatest long range passer of his time. Teams Columbia University, Chicago Bears. Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame. College Football Hall of Fame 1960. International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame 1979. National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame 1995. Pro Football Hall of Fame 1965. Columbia University Athletics Hall of Fame 2006. Walter Camp Distinguished American Award 1988.

Steve Largent

Real/Birth Name:
Stephen Michael Largent
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
64
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Republican US Representative from Oklahoma, 1994-2002. Football wide receiver, teams University of Tulsa, Seattle Seahawks. Federation of Christian Athletes Hall of Champions 1995. Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame 1994. Pro Football Hall of Fame 1995. Seattle Seahawks Ring of Honor 1989. Senior Bowl Hall of Fame 1988. Walter Camp Distinguished American Award 1997. Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award 1988.

Tex Schramm

Real/Birth Name:
Texas Earnest Schramm Jr.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
83
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

President and general manager of team Dallas Cowboys. Pro Football Hall of Fame 1991. Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor 2003. Texas Sports Hall of Fame. Walter Camp Distinguished American Award 1990.

Tom Harmon

Real/Birth Name:
Thomas Dudley Harmon
Nickname(s):
Old 98
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
70
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Relationships:

husband of
Elyse Knox, until he died.
Younger than Elyse Knox by 1 year.
grandfather of
father of
father of
father of
grandfather of
grandfather of
grandfather of
grandfather of

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Heisman Trophy 1940, team University of Michigan, as halfback. Pilot in World War II, surviving two crashes. Teams New York Americans, Los Angeles Rams. Sports announcer/commentator. Movies Harmon of Michigan, Sweetheart of Sigma Chi, Bonzo Goes to College. College Football Hall of Fame 1954. University of Michigan Athletic Hall of Honor 1978. Michigan Sports Hall of Fame 1962. Maxwell Award 1940. Indiana Football Hall of Fame. Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame 1992. Walter Camp Distinguished American Award 1983.

Tom Landry

Real/Birth Name:
Thomas Wade Landry
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
75
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Coach. Invented the now-popular "4-3 defense" as well as the "Flex defense." Team Dallas Cowboys. Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor 1993. Pro Football Hall of Fame 1990. Senior Bowl Hall of Fame 1993. Orange Bowl Hall of Fame 1990. Paul Brown Trophy 1987. Texas Sports Hall of Fame. Federation of Christian Athletes Hall of Champions 1991. Texas High School Football Hall of Fame 1988. National High School Hall of Fame 1991. Longhorn Men's Hall of Honor 1971. Southwest Conference Hall of Fame 2013. Walter Camp Distinguished American Award 1986.

Tom Osborne

Real/Birth Name:
Tom William Osborne
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
81
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Quarterback, wide receiver. Teams Hastings College, San Francisco 49ers, Washington Redskins. Coach team University of Nebraska. Republican U.S. Representative from Nebraska 2001 to 2007. College Football Hall of Fame 1999. DeMolay International Alumni Association Hall of Fame 1986. Dick Enberg Award 2003. Woody Hayes Trophy 1983. Woody Hayes Trophy 1994. Federation of Christian Athletes Hall of Champions 2001. Home Depot Coach of the Year Award 1999. Amos Alonzo Stagg Award 2000. Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award 1978. Nebraska Football Hall of Fame 1998. National High School Hall of Fame 2018. Walter Camp Distinguished American Award 2012.

Verne Lundquist

Real/Birth Name:
Merton Laverne Lundquist Jr.
Nickname(s):
The Golden Throat
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
78
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

TV shows Bowling for Dollars, Sunday Night Football. Called Winter Olympics figure skating events. Texas Sports Hall of Fame. Walter Camp Distinguished American Award 2014. NSMA Hall of Fame 2007.

Weeb Ewbank

Real/Birth Name:
Wilbur Charles Ewbank
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
91
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Coach of the team New York Jets. New York Jets Ring of Honor 2010. Pro Football Hall of Fame 1978. Senior Bowl Hall of Fame 1991. Indiana Football Hall of Fame. Walter Camp Distinguished American Award 1987.

Y.A. Tittle

Real/Birth Name:
Yelberton Abraham Tittle
Also Known As:
Y. A. Tittle
Nickname(s):
Yat
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
91, 4 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Quarterback, teams Baltimore Colts, San Francisco 49ers, New York Giants. Movie Any Given Sunday. New York Giants Ring of Honor 2010. Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame 1988. Pro Football Hall of Fame 1971. Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame 1972. LSU Athletic Hall of Fame 1948. 49ers Hall of Fame 2009. Texas Sports Hall of Fame. Texas High School Football Hall of Fame 1987. NFL Player of the Year 1962. Walter Camp Distinguished American Award 1988.
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