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 Football Federation’s Collegiate Awards, 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 (SI directors)

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

Nominations: Close October 15, 2021

The nomination period for the 2021 Wuerffel Trophy begins on August 1 and extends through October 15, 2021. Nominations must be submitted by FBS Sports Information/Media Relations staff to be considered. No public nominations can be accepted.  For the 2021 Nomination form, please click HERE

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Trophy Timelines

November 2, 2021

Semi-Finalists Announced

November 22, 2021

Finalists Announced

December 9, 2021

Recipient Announced

The announcement of the 2021 Wuerffel Trophy recipient will be made on The Home Depot College Football Awards, airing at 7:00pm EST/6:00pm CST on ESPN

February 2022

Wuerffel Trophy Presentation

Presentation of the 2021 Wuerffel Trophy will be made at at a time and place to be determined at the 53rd Annual All Sports Association Awards Banquet in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida

We are proud to work in harmony with the All Sports Association to present the Wuerffel Trophy at the Annual All Sports Banquet held every February in Florida.  The award is presented to honor college football players who serve others, celebrate their positive impact on society, and inspire greater service in the world.

Keynote speakers have included Bo Jackson, Tim Tebow, Nick Saban, Deion Sanders, Bobby Bowden and Archie Manning.

The All Sports Association‘s primary mission is to provide contribution of time to raise money for local youth oriented non-profit sports organizations. Through the proceeds from the annual banquet, the dues paying volunteer group helps fund numerous charitable causes including the Boys and Girls Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Special Olympics. We are proud to present the Wuerffel Trophy during the ASA annual banquet.

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