Dante Hughes (Cal, Winner)
Played five seasons in the NFL. Has created his own non-profit foundation in Northern California.
Quinn Pitcock (Ohio State, Finalist)
Played in both the NFL and the Arena Football League.
Paul Posluszny (Penn State, Finalist)
Finished his 11-year career with 1, 213 tackles and 15 interceptions.
DeMeco Ryans (Alabama, Winner)
Became one of the top linebackers in the NFL with the Houston Texans and Philadelphia Eagles. He retired at the end of the 2015 season. He is now coaching with the San Francisco 49ers and is on the Lott IMPACT® Trophy Board of Directors.
Darryl Tapp (Virginia Tech, Finalist)
Played for six different teams in 11 seasons.
A.J. Hawk (Ohio State, Finalist)
Played 11 seasons with two teams, won a Super Bowl with Packers. Now heads the Hawk Family Foundation, dedicated to helping pediatric cancer patients.
David Pollack (Georgia, Winner)
Retired from football after serious neck injury, he was a first round pick by the Cincinnati Bengals. He’s now an accomplished college football broadcaster on ESPN and a member of the Lott IMPACT® Trophy Advisory Board.
Derrick Johnson (Texas, Finalist)
Has started for Kansas City for 13 seasons and recorded more than 1,000 tackles. He has made the Pro Bowl and been named All-Pro in his career.
Jim Leonhard (Wisconsin, Finalist)
Following distinguished 10-year NFL career, he is now the defensive coordinator at his alma mater. He is a member of the Lott IMPACT® Trophy Board of Advisors.