Andrew Whitworth, the massive offensive tackle of the Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams, will be the guest speaker at the annual Lott IMPACT® Trophy luncheon Thursday, May 19 at The Pacific Club in Newport Beach.
The Watch List of the top 42 top student athlete defensive players in the country will be unveiled at the luncheon. The nominated players will be candidates for the 19th annual Lott IMPACT® Trophy, which will be announced in December.
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 IMPACT® 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.
It is the mission of The Pacific Club IMPACT® Foundation to recognize and support national and local charities serving America’s youth. The Foundation will raise money for those charitable purposes from events associated with awarding The Lott IMPACT® Trophy to the Defensive IMPACT Player of the Year. The Lott IMPACT® Trophy will recognize and honor the nation’s outstanding collegiate defensive football player, who has exemplified the unparalleled athletic and personal qualities reflected in Ronnie Lott.
“We’re honored to have Andrew Whitworth join us this year,” said Dennis Kuhl, Chairman of the Board of the Lott IMPACT® Foundation. “He represents all the things the Lott IMPACT® Trophy stands for and he’s a true champion on and off the field.”
The 6-7, 330-pound Whitworth announced his retirement shortly after the Rams won the Super Bowl. At 40, he was the oldest tackle to play in the game. Whitworth is a four-time Pro Bowl selection and a two-time All-Pro in his 16-year career with both Cincinnati and the Rams.
Earlier this year he was also the recipient of one of the NFL’s most distinguished awards – The Walter Payton Man of the Year “Since the start of his career, Andrew Whitworth has dedicated himself to making a lasting impact in his communities and his teams,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said at the time. During his five seasons in Los Angeles, he has dedicated his time and resources to social justice efforts that are working to tackle food insecurity, homelessness and education inequities, including a $160,000 donation just this year as part of his ‘Big Whit For LA Families’ program.
“These are just a few examples of an extensive philanthropic legacy that Andrew has created. He is incredibly deserving of this prestigious award, and we’re proud to name him this year’s Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year.”