William V. Campbell Trophy
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William V. Campbell Trophy
William Campbell Trophy
Given forThe American college football player with the best combination of academics, community service, and on-field performance
CountryUnited States
Presented byNational Football Foundation
First award1990
Most recentJustin Herbert, Oregon

The William V. Campbell, formerly the Vincent dePaul Draddy Trophy, is a trophy awarded by the National Football Foundation that is given to the American college football player with the best combination of academics, community service, and on-field performance. It is considered by many to be the "Academic Heisman" and nicknamed as such.

While many major college football awards are theoretically open to players at all competitive levels, in practice only players at NCAA Division I level win them. The Campbell Trophy is unique in that it has been won by a player at a lower level—Brandon Roberts of Washington University in St. Louis, an NCAA Division III school, in 2002.

The trophy is named for William Campbell, a business executive and former player, captain and head coach at Columbia University. It was previously named in honor of Vincent dePaul Draddy, who served the National Football Foundation (NFF) and its College Football Hall of Fame for thirty-three years, including nineteen years as the chairman of its board of directors. It has become the most prestigious and desirable "academic" award in college football. The trophy recognizes an individual as the absolute best in the country for his academic success, football performance and exemplary community leadership.

A scholar-athlete himself at Manhattan College, Draddy passionately believed in the premise that excellence on the football field could, and should, be consistent with academic distinction and the highest standards of civic leadership. He thought that young men who combined athletic performance with academic excellence should be recognized. After his death in July 1990, the NFF perpetuated his memory and beliefs by establishing a scholarship that would recognize the scholar-athlete who most fully embodies the ideals of the NFF.

In 2014, Fidelity Investments became the presenting sponsor of the Campbell Trophy, with its official name becoming The William V. Campbell Trophy, presented by Fidelity Investments.[1] In 2013, the New York Athletic Club became the official home of the trophy, and it is now on display as part of its Hall of Fame.[2] The $25,000 postgraduate scholarship that accompanies the trophy is endowed by HealthSouth Corporation.[1]


List of annual recipients since inception in 1990.[3]

Year Player School
1990 Chris Howard Air Force (1)
1991 Brad Culpepper Florida (1)
1992 Jim Hansen Colorado (1)
1993 Thomas D. Burns Virginia (1)
1994 Robert B. Zatechka Nebraska (1)
1995 Bobby Hoying Ohio State (1)
1996 Danny Wuerffel Florida (2)
1997 Peyton Manning Tennessee (1)
1998 Matt Stinchcomb Georgia (1)
1999 Chad Pennington Marshall (1)
2000 Kyle Vanden Bosch Nebraska (2)
2001 Joaquin Gonzalez Miami (1)
2002 Brandon Roberts Washington (MO) (1)
2003 Craig Krenzel Ohio State (2)
2004 Michael Muñoz Tennessee (2)
2005 Rudy Niswanger LSU (1)
2006 Brian Leonard Rutgers (1)
2007 Dallas Griffin Texas (1)
2008 Alex Mack California (1)
2009 Tim Tebow Florida (3)
2010 Sam Acho Texas (2)
2011 Andrew Rodriguez Army (1)
2012 Barrett Jones Alabama (1)
2013 John Urschel Penn State (1)
2014 David Helton Duke (1)
2015 Ty Darlington Oklahoma (2)
2016 Zach Terrell Western Michigan (1)
2017 Micah Kiser Virginia (2)
2018 Christian Wilkins Clemson (1)
2019 Justin Herbert Oregon (1)


  1. ^ a b "Fidelity Investments Named Presenting Sponsor of the NFF William V. Campbell Trophy". footballfoundation.org. National Football Foundation. Retrieved .
  2. ^ "NYAC Named Official Home of The NFF William V. Campbell Trophy". footballfoundation.org. National Football Foundation. Retrieved .
  3. ^ https://footballfoundation.org/roster.aspx?roster=12

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