The Trophy

SERVICE. Impact. Inspiration.

Established in 2005, The Wuerffel Trophy honors college football athletes who are serving others, while also achieving greatness on the football field and in the classroom.  As part of the National College Football Awards Association, The Wuerffel Trophy was the first major award honoring the character of service to others.


The Wuerffel Trophy was founded to honor college football players who serve others, celebrate their impact, and inspire greater community service in the world.

"“It is an honor and pleasure to be a part of the Wuerffel Trophy’s selection committee. I value everything that this award stands for.”

Maria Taylor

The Nominations

Recipient Considerations

Community Service

Sustained, measurable and documented community service to others in need

Verification by a university contact (Sports Information Director)

Community service may be local, statewide, national or international


GPA above 3.0 preferred

Additional weight may be given based upon college, major field of study, etc.


NCAA 1st Team player at Division I FBS school
All Conference and All American receive additional weight

“In college football, you have such a huge platform that you can use to help people, I know how much kids look up to this position. That’s part of the reason I chose to... make a difference for children." ​

Matt Barkley, USC, Trophy Recipient

Nomination Period: May 22 - June 14, 2024

The nomination period for the 2024 Wuerffel Trophy is running from May 22 to June 14, 2024. Nominations must be submitted by FBS Sports Information/Media Relations staff to be considered. No public nominations can be accepted.