The Wuerffel Trophy

Honoring

College football's
premier award for
Community Service.

Honoring college football’s most impactful leaders in community service, The Wuerffel Trophy is presented to the FBS player who best combines exemplary community service with leadership achievement on and off the field. National voters consider nominees from over 100 major universities. The Wuerffel Trophy brothers support each other’s efforts around the country.

Named for Danny Wuerffel, 1996 National Championship winning quarterback of the University of Florida Gators –  who is renowned for his commitment to service and leadership – The Wuerffel Trophy is the premier major college football award that places the majority of its voting emphasis on Community Service.

"I learned long ago from my coach and mentor...about the importance of paying forward to the next generation. It remains one of the most important and impactful lessons of my life."

Archie Griffin, Two-Time Heisman Trophy Winner & Hall of Famer

Congratulations to our
2019 Wuerffel Trophy Recipient

Jon Wassink

Western Michigan University

Photo:Phil Ellsworth/ESPN Images

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