2005 Wuerffel Trophy Recipient
  • College : Louisiana State University
  • Major : Pre-Medicine (Kinesiology)
  • Position : Center
  • Service : Hurricane Katrina Shelter Volunteer, Organized clothing drives during Katrina, Boys Hope, Testing mentor to 5th grade boys
  • Awards : 2005 National Football Foundation Draddy Trophy winner, University Medal Recipient, 4.0 GPA, Summa Cum Laude

Rudy Niswanger is an excellent representation of the values associated with the Wuerffel Trophy, and will be looked upon in future years as a wonderful inaugural recipient of the award.

As a starting center for LSU, Niswanger was a key member of the 2003 BCS National Title Team.  While winning on the field, this student athlete maintained a 4.0 GPA in pre-med and was named National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete recipient in 2005

 Niswanger has served many youth groups, speaking and mentoring, as well as volunteered in hospitals.  Following Hurricane Katrina, Niswanger volunteered in shelters, providing emotional support to the survivors and welcoming them to Baton Rouge. Niswanger organized clothing and bedding drive to support the Hurricane Katrina evacuees that were house in the Maddox Field House amongst other outstanding community service efforts.

We are proud to name Rudy Niswanger the first Wuerffel Trophy Recipient.


NOW : After a five year career in the NFL with the Kansas City Chiefs, Rudy returned home to Monroe, Louisiana where he serves as President and CEO of Joe Gear Companies.



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