PISCATAWAY, N.J. (July 16, 2012) – Rutgers football’s Khaseem Greene (Elizabeth, N.J.) was named to the Rotary Lombardi Award’s preseason watch list, it was announced Monday by the Rotary Club of Houston. The 2011 BIG EAST Co-Defensive Player of the Year, Greene is in contention for the award given to college football’s lineman of the year.
Greene led the conference and ranked 12th nationally with 141 tackles in 2011. His stop total ranks fifth in RU single-season history. A safety in his first two seasons at Rutgers, Greene recorded 14.0 tackles-for-loss, 3.5 sacks and two forced fumbles in his first campaign at linebacker. He received All-America honors in 2011 by SI.com and Phil Steele and is a 2012 Preseason All-America selection. He has previously been named to preseason watch lists for the Bednarik Award, Bronko Nagurski Trophy and Butkus Award.
The Rotary Lombardi Award goes annually to the college football lineman -- offense or defense -- who, in addition to outstanding performance and ability, best exemplifies the discipline of Vince Lombardi. As the legendary coach of the Green Bay Packers, Lombardi first made a name for himself as the smallest but toughest member of Fordham University's "Seven Blocks of Granite," renowned in their day (1934-37) for being the most unyielding line in college football.
The Rotary Lombardi Award is hosted by the Rotary Club of Houston and benefits the American Cancer Society. The award was initiated by the Rotary Club in 1970 shortly after the death of Vince Lombardi to cancer. The Rotary Lombardi Award is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA). For more information, visit NCFAA.org.