OMAHA, Neb.—The Outland Trophy Award Dinner, recognizing the top interior lineman in college football, is pleased to announce Werner Enterprises as the 2018 title sponsor. Werner Enterprises is a premier transportation and logistics company.
The Outland Trophy Award is the highest honor for a college football lineman. The Greater Omaha Sports Committee and Football Writers Association of America will present the 73rd Outland Trophy to the award winner on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. The trophy is named after the late Dr. John Outland, a life-long football fan and athlete, who donated to the Football Writers Association of America in 1946 to sponsor the award.
For the 22nd consecutive year, the prestigious award dinner will be held in Omaha where the Outland Trophy will be presented to the 2018 winner. The best interior linemen in college football, as selected by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), will be announced on ESPN on Dec. 6, 2018, during the Home Depot College Football Awards Show from the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta.
“We are proud to sponsor this event and, as a former collegiate football player, I believe it is vital that we honor the teamwork, dedication and sportsmanship of the unsung heroes of college football,” said Werner President and Chief Executive Officer Derek Leathers.
During the Outland Trophy Award Dinner, the Omaha Downtown Rotary will present the fifth Tom Osborne Legacy Award, recognizing an individual’s extraordinary contributions to the Outland Trophy and to interior line play in college football. The recipient is honored for exhibiting the characteristics of integrity, sportsmanship and fair play associated with Tom Osborne, and for demonstrating a record of leadership and good citizenship in the community that’s consistent with Rotary International’s primary motto, “Service Above Self.”
Frank Solich, former University of Nebraska head football coach from 1998-2003 and current Ohio University head football coach, will return to Nebraska to accept the fifth annual Tom Osborne Legacy Award from his former boss.
Greg Sharpe, the radio voice of the Cornhuskers, will emcee both the Semifinalists Reception and the Award Dinner. At the dinner, the Nebraska Senior awards will be presented: The Tom Novak Trophy, Guy Chamberlin Trophy and Cletus Fischer Native Son Award.
The Outland Trophy Semifinalists Announcement Reception will be held in Omaha on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, at the Old Mattress Factory in Omaha.
The Outland Trophy is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA), which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. Founded in 1997, the NCFAA and its 23 awards now boast over 800 recipients, dating to 1935. Visit ncfaa.org to learn more about our story.
The Football Writers Association of America, founded in 1941, consists of 1,300 men and women who cover college football. The membership includes journalists, broadcasters and publicists, as well as key executives in all the areas that involve the game. The FWAA works to govern areas that include game-day operations, major awards and its annual All-America team. For more information about the FWAA and its award programs, contact Steve Richardson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Greater Omaha Sports Committee, founded in 1977, is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, consisting of more than 1000 men and women from the City of Omaha, the State of Nebraska, and others. The membership serves to communicate, develop, initiate and promote sports activities in the Greater Omaha sports area. In addition to the Outland Trophy Award Dinner, the Greater Omaha Sports Committee promotes high school, college, and professional sports in the Greater Omaha area and the Midwest.
Werner Enterprises, Inc. was founded in 1956 and is a premier transportation and logistics company, with coverage throughout North America, Asia, Europe, South America, Africa and Australia. Werner maintains its global headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska and maintains offices in the United States, Canada, Mexico and China. Werner is among the five largest truckload carriers in the United States, with a diversified portfolio of transportation services that includes dedicated; medium-to-long-haul, regional and expedited van; and temperature-controlled. The Werner Logistics portfolio includes truck brokerage, freight management, intermodal, international and final mile services. International services are provided through Werner’s domestic and global subsidiary companies and include ocean, air and ground transportation; freight forwarding; and customs brokerage.
Werner Enterprises, Inc.’s common stock trades on the NASDAQ Global Select MarketSM under the symbol “WERN.” For further information about Werner, visit the company’s website at www.werner.com.