HOUSTON -- Glenn Dorsey, the undisputed leader of the second-ranked and SEC champion LSU Tigers, added the Rotary Lombardi Award, presented by Wachovia to his already impressive list of honors this season. Featured speaker and 2007 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee, Bruce Matthews, announced Dorsey as the winner of the Rotary Lombardi Award at the end of the program held at the Hilton-Americas Hotel in downtown Houston tonight. The event benefits the American Cancer Society.
The senior defensive tackle is a finalist for four other national football awards, in addition to the Rotary Lombardi Award, and has been named a first-team All-American by the America Football Coaches Association.
Dorsey is the first player since 1971 to be named a Rotary Lombardi Award finalist from Louisiana State University. Defensive end Ron Estay of LSU was a finalist in 1971, the year Walt Patulski of Notre Dame took home the award. Dorsey was projected to be a first round NFL draft pick following his junior season, but elected to return to the Tigers for his senior year. He has recorded 64 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss and six sacks this season in spite of knee and back injuries that have slowed him in the last month of the season. LSU?s defense is ranked No. 3 in the nation in yards allowed behind Dorsey?s leadership and will meet Ohio State (and fellow finalist, linebacker James Laurinaitis) on January 7 in New Orleans for the BCS National Championship game.
Laurinaitis was the 13th player to be named a Rotary Lombardi Award finalist from The Ohio State University, which boasts the most winners (six) to date. A.J. Hawk was the last Buckeye to take home the award in 2005. Laurinaitis was the only junior among this year?s finalists. The other finalists were defensive end Chris Long, who made history as the first Rotary Lombardi Award finalist from the University of Virginia and offensive lineman Jake Long of Michigan. LaMarr Woodley became the first Rotary Lombardi Award winner from the University of Michigan in 2006.
Founded in the weeks following the 1970 death from cancer of legendary football coach Vince Lombardi, the Rotary Lombardi Award has consistently delivered upon the mission set forth by Marie Lombardi when she granted the use of her late husband?s name. Her only stipulation was that all net proceeds from the event be donated to the American Cancer Society.