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have changed
over the years,
the legacy of
Davey O'Brien
continues to
inspire greatness
on and off the
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The Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award
Selection Process

In late summer the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award™ watch list is determined based on All-America teams and Honorable Mentions published in at least six different pre-season college football magazines.  Semifinalists are announced in early November as voted on by the O’Brien Selection Committee, a nationwide panel of sportswriters and commentators, as well as former O’Brien Award winners. The committee then narrows the field to three finalists and then the winner.

In the spirit of Davey O’Brien and his great legacy the selection committee is asked to evaluate each candidate on the following criteria:

  • Quarterback skills/athletic ability
  • Academics
  • Being a team player
  • Character
  • Leadership
  • Sportsmanship

The winner of the 2005 Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award™ will be announced on the Home Depot College Football Awards Show on December 8 and will be honored in February at the 29th annual Davey O’Brien Award Dinner at The Fort Worth Club in downtown Fort Worth.

The winner of the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award™ receives a bronze of the original O’Brien trophy, his name is engraved on the base of the original trophy, which is housed in the O’Brien Hall of Fame and he receives a Rolex watch. The award also carries with it a $10,000 grant to the scholarship program of the university in which the winner is enrolled. Since 1977 the Davey O’Brien Foundation has awarded $258,000 to the various winners’ universities.

2005 O’Brien National Selection Committee:

  • Andy Bagnato, The Arizona Republic
  • Wendell Barnhouse, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
  • Todd Blackledge, 1982 O’Brien winner, CBS
  • Don Borst, Lindy’s Football Annuals
  • Terry Bowden, ABC Sports
  • Jimmy Burch, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
  • Jordan Burchette, Maxim Online/CSTV
  • Richard Cirminiello, College Football News
  • Lee Corso, ESPN
  • Eric Crouch, 2001 O’Brien winner
  • Brian Curtis, College Sports TV
  • Brian Davis, The Dallas Morning News
  • Tom Dienhart, The Sporting News
  • Dennis Dodd, CBS SportsLine
  • Bruce Feldman, ESPN The Magazine
  • Pete Fiutak, College Football News
  • Doug Flutie, 1984 O’Brien winner, New England Patriots
  • Pat Forde, ESPN.com
  • Ron Franklin, ESPN
  • Teddy Greenstein, Chicago Tribune
  • Vahe Gregorian, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
  • Bob Griese, ABC Sports
  • Tim Griffin, San Antonio Express-News
  • Steve Hatchell, The National Football Foundation & Hall of Fame
  • Matt Hayes, The Sporting News
  • John Henderson, Denver Post
  • Kirk Herbstreit, ESPN
  • Keith Jackson, ABC Sports
  • Dan Jenkins, author and sportswriter
  • Blair Kerkhoff, Kansas City Star
  • Mike Kern, Philadelphia Daily News
  • Chuck Long, 1985 O’Brien winner, University of Oklahoma
  • Verne Lundquist, CBS
  • Ivan Maisel, ESPN.com
  • Stewart Mandel, si.com
  • Peyton Manning, 1997 O’Brien winner, Indianapolis Colts
  • Donald McPherson, 1987 O’Brien winner, Sports Leadership Institute
  • Steve Richardson, Football Writers Association of America
  • Lenn Robbins, New York Post
  • Joe Schad, ESPN.com
  • Jeff Shain, Miami Herald
  • Mike Singletary, 1979-80 O’Brien winner, San Francisco 49ers
  • Vinny Testaverde, 1986 O’Brien winner, New York Jets
  • Gino Torretta, 1992 O’Brien winner, Gabelli Asset Management
  • Charlie Ward, 1993 O’Brien winner, Houston Rockets
  • Chris Weinke, 2000 O’Brien winner, Carolina Panthers
  • Dick Weiss, New York Daily News
  • Jason White, 2003-04 O’Brien winner
  • Kelly Whiteside and Steve Wieberg, USA Today
  • Danny Wuerffel, 1995-96 O’Brien winner, Desire Street Ministries
  • Steve Young, 1983 O’Brien winner, Forever Young Foundation
   
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  Link to the winner of the Scholarship Award

Davey O'Brien High School Scholarship Award

Since 1986, the Davey O'Brien Foundation has awarded more than $400,000 in scholarships to outstanding high school senior student-athletes in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. Winners are chosen on the basis of scholarship, leadership, character, community service and varsity sports participation. They receive a $20,000 scholarship paid over four years and a bronze bust of Davey O'Brien. Under the leadership of Jim McMahon, recipient of the 1981 Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award™, the Foundation has established an endowment fund to send deserving students from the Metroplex to the college or university of their choice.

The Davey O'Brien Foundation would like to thank Cantey Hanger, L.L.P. and Frost Bank for making the generous commitment to co-sponsor the Davey O'Brien High School Scholarship Award from 2004 through 2006.

Inspiring greatness is the legacy Davey O'Brien created. With their vision of creating a greater global community, Cantey Hanger, L.L.P. and Frost Bank have assured that deserving area high school students have the opportunity to create their own legacy of greatness with the gift of a college education. We invite you to become a partner in this fund which supports the higher education of our most talented students.

   
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Link to the winner of the Legends Award

The Davey O'Brien Legends Award

The Davey O’Brien Legends Award was created in 2001 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Davey O’Brien Foundation and to pay tribute to the legendary Davey O’Brien. This award recognizes a quarterback who has made a significant contribution to the game of football, has distinguished himself as an extraordinary leader, and has demonstrated exemplary conduct both on and off the football field…just as the man for whom the award is named.

   
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Charles Ringler Founder’s Award

 

 

The Charles Ringler Founder’s Award was created to honor the man responsible for establishing the Davey O'Brien Foundation and the O'Brien Memorial Trophy. Because of Mr. Ringler's vision and steadfast commitment, the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award™ and subsequent O'Brien High School Scholarship Award have gained national prestige and recognition.  Henceforth, the Davey O'Brien Foundation will annually honor an individual or corporation that has exhibited the same passion, pride and perseverance as Mr. Ringler with the presentation of the Charles Ringler Founder’s Award.

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