William Campbell Trophy
Awarded forThe American college football player with the best combination of academics, community service, and on-field performance
CountryUnited States
Presented byNational Football Foundation
First award1990
Most recentBo Nix, Oregon

The William V. Campbell, formerly the Vincent dePaul Draddy Trophy, is awarded by the National Football Foundation to the American college football player with the best combination of academics, community service, and on-field performance. It is considered by many to be the "Academic Heisman" and nicknamed as such.


The trophy is named for William Campbell, a business executive and former player, captain and head coach at Columbia University. It was previously named in honor of Vincent dePaul Draddy, who served the National Football Foundation (NFF) and its College Football Hall of Fame for 33 years, including 19 years as the chairman of its board of directors. It has become the most prestigious and desirable "academic" award in college football. The trophy recognizes an individual as the absolute best in the country for his academic success, football performance, and exemplary community leadership.

A scholar-athlete himself at Manhattan College, Draddy passionately believed in the premise that excellence on the football field could, and should, be consistent with academic distinction and the highest standards of civic leadership. He thought that young men who combined athletic performance with academic excellence should be recognized. After his death in July 1990, the NFF perpetuated his memory and beliefs by establishing a scholarship that would recognize the scholar-athlete who most fully embodies the ideals of the NFF.

While many major college football awards are theoretically open to players at all competitive levels, in practice, only players at NCAA Division I level win them. The Campbell Trophy is one of two such awards that has been won by a player at a lower level—Brandon Roberts of Washington University in St. Louis, an NCAA Division III school, in 2002. The other is the Ted Hendricks Award, which was won by Caleb Murphy of NCAA Division II Ferris State University in 2022.[1]

In 2014, Fidelity Investments became the presenting sponsor of the Campbell Trophy, with its official name becoming the William V. Campbell Trophy, presented by Fidelity Investments.[2] In 2013, the New York Athletic Club became the official home of the trophy, and it is now on display as part of its Hall of Fame.[3] In 2019, Mazda began a three-year partnership as the presenting sponsor of the award.[4] The $25,000 postgraduate scholarship that accompanies the trophy is endowed by HealthSouth Corporation.[2]


List of annual recipients since inception in 1990.[5]

Year Player School
1990 Chris Howard Air Force
1991 Brad Culpepper Florida
1992 Jim Hansen Colorado
1993 Thomas D. Burns Virginia
1994 Robert B. Zatechka Nebraska
1995 Bobby Hoying Ohio State
1996 Danny Wuerffel Florida (2)
1997 Peyton Manning Tennessee
1998 Matt Stinchcomb Georgia
1999 Chad Pennington Marshall
2000 Kyle Vanden Bosch Nebraska (2)
2001 Joaquin Gonzalez Miami
2002 Brandon Roberts Washington University in St. Louis
2003 Craig Krenzel Ohio State (2)
2004 Michael Muñoz Tennessee (2)
2005 Rudy Niswanger LSU
2006 Brian Leonard Rutgers
2007 Dallas Griffin Texas
2008 Alex Mack California
2009 Tim Tebow Florida (3)
2010 Sam Acho Texas (2)
2011 Andrew Rodriguez Army
2012 Barrett Jones Alabama
2013 John Urschel Penn State
2014 David Helton Duke
2015 Ty Darlington Oklahoma (2)
2016 Zach Terrell Western Michigan
2017 Micah Kiser Virginia (2)
2018 Christian Wilkins Clemson
2019 Justin Herbert Oregon
2020 Brady White Memphis
2021 Charlie Kolar Iowa State
2022 Jack Campbell Iowa
2023 Bo Nix Oregon (2)


  1. ^ "Ferris State's Caleb Murphy Becomes First-Ever Non-FBS Player To Win Prestigious Ted Hendricks Award". Ferris State Bulldogs. 2022-12-21.
  2. ^ a b "Fidelity Investments Named Presenting Sponsor of the NFF William V. Campbell Trophy". footballfoundation.org. National Football Foundation. 9 September 2014. Retrieved 2017-06-09.
  3. ^ "NYAC Named Official Home of The NFF William V. Campbell Trophy". footballfoundation.org. National Football Foundation. 11 December 2013. Retrieved 2017-06-09.
  4. ^ "Mazda Announces Partnership with the National Football Foundation's William V. Campbell Trophy®" (Press release).
  5. ^ "2020 Football Roster".