NEWPORT BEACH, CA. – The multi-talented Marcellus Wiley, an accomplished TV personality, an author, a popular presence on social media and a former Pro Bowl player in the NFL, will be the keynote speaker at the 16th annual Lott IMPACT Trophy Award Ceremony on Dec. 15th in Newport Beach.
Wiley, a collegiate star at Columbia in New York City, is a Southern California native, having attended Santa Monica Catholic High School, where he made an impeccable impact on the football field.
In addition to his academic and athletic excellence, Wiley was the national typing champion in 1998, averaging 82 words per minute.
Drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the second round, Marcellus also played for the San Diego Chargers, Dallas Cowboys and Jacksonville Jaguars. He retired in 2007 with an impressive 10-year NFL career as a defensive end with a recorded 44 sacks.
Following his playing days, Wiley entered his post-football career as a sports analyst with ESPN as the co-host of the hit TV show ‘SportsNation’ and radio show ‘Afternoons with Marcellus & Travis’ on ESPNLA 710am. After eleven years with ESPN, Marcellus joined the FOX SPORTS team as a co-host of the famous and most fearless sports television show ‘SPEAK FOR YOURSELF’ alongside Jason Whitlock.
Published in 2018, Wiley’s introspective book “Never Shut Up The Life Opinions and Unexpected Adventures of an NFL Outliner.” sucks you into a world of inner-city violence, Ivy League intrigue, and pro-football escapades that’s one part touching, one part hilarious, and all parts impossible to put down.
Named after Pro Football Hall of Fame member, Ronnie Lott, The Lott IMPACT Trophy is awarded to college football’s Defensive IMPACT Player of the Year. Founded in 2004 by The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation, The Lott Trophy is the first and only college football award to equally recognize athletic performance and the personal character attributes of the player.
The Lott IMPACT Trophy is given to the player who exhibits the same characteristics Lott embodied during his distinguished career: Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community, and Tenacity. Voters for the award include selected members of the national media, previous finalists, the Board of Directors of the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation and a distinguished group of former college football head coaches.
To date, the Foundation has donated more than $1.5 million to various charities throughout the country. The 16th Annual Lott IMPACT Trophy Award Ceremony will be held on Dec.15th at The Pacific Club in Newport Beach, California. For more information on The Lott Trophy visit: www.LottImpactTrophy.org