The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) and the Ivy League announced today that the organizations are partnering for the eighth consecutive year to co-host a press conference and reception, presented by the Pasadena Tournament of Roses®, to bestow the Asa S. Bushnell Cup to the League’s Football Players of the Year.
Part of the festivities surrounding the 60th NFF Annual Awards Dinner in New York City, the event will take place Monday, Dec. 4, at 12:30 p.m. ET in the Mercury Ballroom of the New York Hilton Midtown, the site of the NFF gala on Dec. 5. The Pasadena Tournament of Roses returns for a fourth consecutive year as the presenting sponsor of the event. The presentation will be carried live on The Ivy League Network (ILN) at IvyLeague.tv.
Capping off the Ivy League football season, the presentation of the Asa S. Bushnell Cup annually recognizes one offensive and one defensive player as the best player from their respective sides of play. The finalists – two offensive and two defensive – will be announced on Tuesday, Nov. 28. The finalists along with their respective head coaches will be on hand as Ivy League Executive Director Robin Harris unveils the winners’ names in front of an impressive crowd of media representatives, NFF Board members and Ivy League administrators, alumni, dignitaries and friends.
“Honoring our student-athletes as part of the National Football Foundation’s celebration of this great game continues to be a wonderful way to showcase the rich history of the Ivy League,” said Harris. “We greatly appreciate the leadership at the NFF and the Tournament of Roses for their unwavering support of our League and our collective passion of inspiring young people through the lessons taught through football.”
The Tournament of Roses boasts numerous ties to the Ivy League as well as the NFF. The organizations share similar missions, which includes the promotion of the scholar-athlete ideal and a deep commitment to the rich history and traditions of the game.
“The Tournament of Roses and the Ivy League represent two of the most storied traditions in college football,” said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. “And the NFF is proud to stand side-by-side with them in supporting this unique event that provides the entire college football community a powerful platform for promoting some of our nation’s finest student-athletes.”
The connection between the Ivy League and the Rose Bowl Game stretches back more than 100 years with Ivy League teams appearing in three of the first six Rose Bowl Games. All totaled, four of the eight Ivy League teams have made an appearance in the Rose Bowl Game. Other Ivy League/Rose Bowl Game connections include the Yale Bowl serving as a model for the Rose Bowl Stadium architects, led by the renowned Myron Hunt, as they designed the iconic stadium during the early 1920s in Pasadena.
Brown, led by Hall of Fame Coach Edward “Robbie” Robinson and Hall of Famer Fritz Pollard, played Washington State in the 1916 Rose Bowl Game as the first Ivy League team to ever appear in the classic. Penn represented the Ivy League the following year in the 1917 game, taking on Oregon. Three years later in 1920, Harvard and Hall of Famer Eddie Casey beat Oregon, 7-6, giving the Ivy League its first Rose Bowl Game victory. In 1934, Columbia, led by Hall of Fame Coach Lou Little and Hall of Famer Cliff Montgomery, pulled off possibly the greatest upset in the game’s history with a 7-0 victory against Stanford.
“We are extremely pleased to continue our support of the presentation of the Asa Bushnell Cup,” said Lance Tibbet, president of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses. “The finalists chosen for this unique honor are the living definition of the scholar-athlete. They have succeeded at the highest levels at some of our nation’s most prestigious academic institutions, and we take great pride in recognizing them as examples for the next generation to emulate.”
Presented annually since 1970, the Asa S. Bushnell Cup honors its namesake, a 1921 Princeton alumnus and the commissioner of the Eastern College Athletic Conference from 1938 to 1970. The Bushnell Cup is awarded by a vote of the Ivy League’s eight head football coaches to the players who display outstanding qualities of leadership, competitive spirit, contribution to the team and accomplishments on the field.
From 1970 to 2010, the Bushnell Cup recognized an Ivy League Player of the Year (or co-Players of the Year if there was a tie in voting). In 2011, the Ivy League began recognizing both an offensive and a defensive player of the year. Beginning with the 2010 season, the award was presented as a part of the festivities surrounding the NFF Annual Awards Dinner with four finalists named a week prior to the presentation.
Asa S. Bushnell Cup All-Time Recipient List
1970 – Jim Chasey, QB, Dartmouth & Ed Marinaro, RB, Cornell
1971 – Ed Marinaro, RB, Cornell
1972 – Dick Jauron, RB, Yale
1973 – Jim Stoeckel, QB, Harvard
1974 – Walt Snickenberger, RB, Princeton
1975 – Doug Jackson, RB, Columbia
1976 – John Pagliaro, RB, Yale
1977 – John Pagliaro, RB, Yale
1978 – Buddy Teevens, QB, Dartmouth
1979 – Tim Tumpane, LB, Yale
1980 – Kevin Czinger, MG, Yale
1981 – Rich Diana, RB, Yale
1982 – John Witkowski, QB, Columbia
1983 – Derrick Harmon, RB, Cornell
1984 – Tim Chambers, DB, Penn
1985 – Tom Gilmore, DT, Penn
1986 – Rich Comizio, RB, Penn
1987 – Kelly Ryan, QB, Yale
1988 – Jason Garrett, QB, Princeton
1989 – Judd Garrett, RB, Princeton
1990 – Shon Page, RB, Dartmouth
1991 – Al Rosier, RB, Dartmouth
1992 – Jay Fiedler, QB, Dartmouth
1993 – Keith Elias, RB, Princeton
1994 – Pat Goodwillie, LB, Penn
1995 – Dave Patterson, LB, Princeton
1996 – Chad Levitt, RB, Cornell
1997 – Sean Morey, WR, Brown
1998 – Jim Finn, RB, Penn
1999 – James Perry, QB, Brown
2000 – Gavin Hoffman, QB, Penn
2001 – Carl Morris, WR, Harvard
2002 – Carl Morris, WR, Harvard
2003 – Mike Mitchell, QB, Penn
2004 – Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Harvard
2005 – Nick Hartigan, RB, Brown
2006 – Jeff Terrell, QB, Princeton
2007 – Mike McLeod, RB, Yale
2008 – Chris Pizzotti, QB, Harvard
2009 – Buddy Farnham, WR, Brown & Jake Lewko, LB, Penn
2010 – Gino Gordon, RB, Harvard & Nick Schwieger, RB, Dartmouth
2011 – Offensive Player of the Year: Jeff Mathews, QB, Cornell
Defensive Player of the Year: Josue Ortiz, DT, Harvard
2012 – Offensive Player of the Year: Colton Chapple, QB, Harvard
Defensive Player of the Year: Mike Catapano, DL, Princeton
2013 – Offensive Player of the Year: Quinn Epperly, QB, Princeton
Defensive Player of the Year: Zack Hodges, DE, Harvard
2014 – Offensive Player of the Year: Tyler Varga, TB, Yale
Co-Defensive Players of the Year: Zack Hodges, DE, Harvard & Mike Zeuli, LB, Princeton
2015 – Offensive Player of the Year: Scott Hosch, QB, Harvard
Defensive Player of the Year: Tyler Drake, LB, Penn
2016 – Offensive Player of the Year: John Lovett, RB, Princeton
Defensive Player of the Year: Folarin Orimolade, LB, Dartmouth
The following evening on Tuesday, Dec. 5, the NFF will stage its 60th Annual Awards Dinner also at the New York Hilton Midtown. As the culmination of the regular season, the event provides the stage for the presentation of the NFF Major Awards and the induction of the 2017 College Football Hall of Fame Class.
The 2017 College Football Hall of Fame Class includes: Bob Crable (Notre Dame), Marshall Faulk (San Diego State), Kirk Gibson (Michigan State), Matt Leinart (Southern California), Peyton Manning (Tennessee), Bob McKay (Texas), Dat Nguyen (Texas A&M), Adrian Peterson (Georgia Southern), Mike Ruth (Boston College),Brian Urlacher (New Mexico) and coaches Danny Ford (Clemson, Arkansas), Larry Kehres (Mount Union [Ohio]) and Steve Spurrier (Duke, Florida, South Carolina).
The 2017 recipients of the NFF Major Awards include UCLA Athletics Director Dan Guerrero (NFF John L. Toner Award for excellence in athletics administration) and the Voice of the UTEP Miners Jon Teicher (NFF Chris Schenkel Award for excellence in broadcasting).
The first organization in history to provide postgraduate scholarships based on a player’s combined academic, athletic and leadership abilities, the NFF also utilizes the event’s national stage to distribute approximately $300,000 to the winners of the highly sought-after NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards, presented by Fidelity Investments. The scholar-athlete class will be announced Nov. 1. During the Dec. 5 event, one member of the NFF National Scholar-Athlete class will be declared the winner of the coveted William V. Campbell Trophy®, presented by Fidelity Investments and displayed at its official home inside the New York Athletic Club, as the nation’s top football scholar-athlete from all divisions of play.
Eight NFF National Scholar-Athletes have claimed the Bushnell Cup: Dick Jauron (Yale, 1972), Kevin Czinger(Yale, 1980), Richard Diana (Yale, 1981), Tom Gilmore (Penn, 1985), Keith Elias (Princeton, 1993), Nick Hartigan (Brown, 2005), Jeff Matthews (Cornell, 2011) and Tyler Varga (Yale, 2014.) Jauron and Ed Marinaro(Cornell) are the only two members of the Hall to have claimed the Bushnell Cup, and Jauron is the only person to hold all three titles as a Bushnell Cup recipient, NFF National Scholar-Athlete and a College Football Hall of Famer.
Several past Bushnell Cup recipients currently hold impressive coaching positions, including Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett, Dallas Cowboys Director of Pro Scouting Judd Garrett, Holy Cross head coach Tom Gilmore, Bryant head coach James Perry and Dartmouth head coach Buddy Teevens.
About the Pasadena Tournament of Roses®
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ABOUT THE IVY LEAGUE
The Ivy League is the most diverse intercollegiate conference in the country with more than 8,000 student-athletes competing each year. Sponsoring conference championships in 33 men’s and women’s sports and averaging more than 35 varsity teams at each school, the Ivy League provides more intercollegiate athletic opportunities per school than any other conference in the country. All eight Ivy schools are among the top 20 of NCAA Division I schools in a number of sports offered for both men and women and enjoy regular competitive success at the highest championship levels of NCAA Division I athletics. The League’s schools—Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn, Princeton and Yale—share a rich history of success and influence in college athletics, dating back to the origins of intercollegiate competition. Ivy League institutions have won 287 team national championships and 579 individual national championships since the intercollegiate competition began. The Ivy League annually finishes among the top conferences in the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics competitive rankings. Ivy League student-athletes annually compile the country’s best marks in the NCAA’s Academic Performance Ratings and Graduation Success Rates under the Ivy League model of athletics as a key part of their overall undergraduate experience. For more information, please visit ivyleague.com.
About The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame
Founded in 1947 with early leadership from General Douglas MacArthur, legendary Army coach Earl “Red” Blaik and immortal journalist Grantland Rice, The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame is a non-profit educational organization that runs programs designed to use the power of amateur football in developing scholarship, citizenship and athletic achievement in young people. With 120 chapters and 12,000 members nationwide, NFF programs include FootballMatters.org, the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, The William V. Campbell Trophy® presented by Fidelity Investments, annual scholarships of more than $1.3 million and a series of initiatives to honor the legends of the past and inspire the leaders of the future. NFF corporate partners include Delta Air Lines, Fidelity Investments, Herff Jones, New York Athletic Club, Pasadena Tournament of Roses, PrimeSport, the Sports Business Journal, Under Armour and VICIS. Learn more at footballfoundation.org.