Lott IMPACT Trophy
Awarded forcollege football defensive IMPACT player of the year
LocationNewport Beach, CA
CountryUnited States
Presented byPacific Club IMPACT Foundation
First award2004
Most recentJunior Colson, LB, Michigan

The Lott IMPACT Trophy is presented annually to the college football defensive IMPACT player of the year. IMPACT is an acronym for: Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community, and Tenacity.[1] The award purports to equally recognize the personal character of the winning player as well as his athletic excellence. The award selection is voted on by members of the national media, previous finalists, the board of directors of the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation. The award is named in honor of College Football Hall of Fame and Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive back, Ronnie Lott.

Purpose and criteria

The 2011 Lott IMPACT Trophy was awarded to the college football Defensive IMPACT Player of the Year at The Pacific Club in Newport Beach, California on December 11, 2011. The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation has donated $930,000 to charities including $400,000 for college scholarships since its formation in 2004. The IMPACT Player of the Week is selected each week of the college football season from the players on the Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List. A $1,000 scholarship was awarded to the winner's university general scholarship fund.

Foundation board of advisors

The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation board of advisors include: Peter Arbogast, Steve Atwater, Harris Barton, John Brodie, Brad Budde, Dick Butkus, Mark Carrier, Chuck Cecil, Jack Del Rio, Chris Doleman, Vince Ferragamo, Mike Giddings, Kevin Greene, Rosey Grier, John Hall, Phil Hansen, John Holecek, Ed Hookstratten, Tom Holmoe, Jim Jeffcoat, Brent Jones, Henry Jones, Chuck Knox, Willie Lanier, Jim Leonhard, Howie Long, Pat McInally, Mark May, Matt Millen, Joe Montana, Tory Nixon, Ken Norton, Jr., Mel Owens, Rodney Peete, Clancy Pendergast, Gary Plummer, John Seymour, Lynn Swann, Keena Turner.


Year Player Position School Ref.
2004 David Pollack LB Georgia [2]
2005 DeMeco Ryans LB Alabama [3]
2006 Daymeion Hughes CB California [4]
2007 Glenn Dorsey NT LSU [5]
2008 James Laurinaitis LB Ohio State [6]
2009 Jerry Hughes DE TCU [7]
2010 J. J. Watt DE Wisconsin [8]
2011 Luke Kuechly LB Boston College [9]
2012 Manti Te'o LB Notre Dame [10]
2013 Anthony Barr LB UCLA [11]
2014 Eric Kendricks LB UCLA (2) [12]
2015 Carl Nassib DE Penn State [13]
2016 Jabrill Peppers LB Michigan [1]
2017 Josey Jewell LB Iowa [14]
2018 Josh Allen LB Kentucky [15]
2019 Derrick Brown DT Auburn [16]
2020 Paddy Fisher LB Northwestern [17]
2021 Aidan Hutchinson DE Michigan (2) [18]
2022 Will Anderson Jr. LB Alabama (2) [19]
2023 Junior Colson LB Michigan (3) [20]

Honorary Lott IMPACT Trophy recipients

The first Honorary Lott Trophy was awarded posthumously to Pat Tillman, an American football player who left his professional career and enlisted in the United States Army in June 2002 in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks. He joined the Army Rangers and served several tours in combat before he was killed by friendly fire in the mountains of Afghanistan.

In 2009, Boston College linebacker Mark Herzlich was presented with the second Honorary Lott Trophy. Herzlich missed the entire 2009 season due to Ewing sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, which he overcame and earned numerous honors for his courage and outreach, including the Disney Spirit Award, Nils V. "Swede" Nelson Award, and the ACC Commissioner's Cup.

In 2010, Tyrone Fahie (Nebraska) and Owen Marecic (Stanford) received Honorary Lott Trophies. Fahie, aged 28, was the oldest walk-on in Cornhuskers team history. Prior to playing college football, Fahie served in the U.S. Navy. Fahie was deployed twice to Iraq during his six years in the military, rising to the rank of petty officer second class. Upon completing his service time, he enrolled at Nebraska and a year later tried out for the team.

In 2011, Sgt. Dakota Meyer, a Medal of Honor recipient, was awarded the Honorary Lott Trophy. On September 8, 2009, Meyer was one of 13 American military trainers embedded with a unit of 80 Afghan soldiers headed for a routine meeting with local elders in the village of Ganjgal, located in a valley along the border with Pakistan. Four trainers at the front of the U.S.-Afghan force were immediately trapped by the heavy enemy fire believed to be coming from as many as 150 Taliban fighters. Positioned at the rear when the ambush began, Meyer and other members of his unit disobeyed orders to remain in place and used a Humvee to rush into the kill zone to try and rescue the four trapped at the head of their column. Manning the Humvee's turret gun, Meyer killed at least eight insurgents and rescued 36 Afghan and American troops in his first four attempts to reach the four trapped trainers. He and his team members finally broke through to their position on the fifth attempt and moved on foot through a hail of gunfire only to find they had been killed in the fighting. Meyer then retrieved their remains. When he presented the award to Meyer, President Barack Obama said: "You did your duty above and beyond, and you kept the faith with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps you love. You represent the best of a generation that has served with distinction through a decade of war." Meyer was presented the Honorary Lott Trophy by Major General Ronald Bailey.

Former UCLA coach Terry Donahue was awarded an Honorary Lott Trophy in 2016 for his work with the California Showcase, an annual tryout for high school football players to receive financial aid to play in college.[21]


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  14. ^ "Iowa's Josey Jewell wins Lott IMPACT Trophy". USA Today. Associated Press. December 10, 2017. Retrieved September 22, 2018.
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  20. ^ "Lott IMPACT® Trophy – 2023 Winner Michigan's Junior Colson - Lott IMPACT® Trophy". lottimpacttrophy.org. 2023-12-10. Retrieved 2023-12-11.
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