OU Football Tradition | Award Winners
 
Lombardi Award
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The Rotary Lombardi Award is awarded annually to the best college football lineman or linebacker. The Rotary Lombardi Award program was approved by the Rotary Club in Houston in 1970 shortly after the death of Vince Lombardi.
 
  2003 | Tommie Harris
Tommie Harris
Defensive tackle Tommie Harris became the 12th Oklahoma player to be a finalist and the third to win the Lombardi Award in 2003.
 
The junior from Killeen, Texas, won the recognition as the nation's top college lineman, making good on a pledge to return and win the honor after being a runner-up in 2002.
 
"It's almost like in the days of Joe Washington,'' Oklahoma defensive line coach Jackie Shipp said. "When the ball was snapped, everyone looked to see what Joe would do. As a defensive tackle, we all want to see what Tommie is going to do next.'"
 
Harris was the anchor of a defensive unit that was near the top of virtually every statistical category in 2003. He had 37 tackles, including 10 for losses, five sacks and a fumble recovery.
 
 Career Statistics
 Season
UT
AT
TT
Sacks
TFL
 2001
19
15
34
2-15
18-47
 2002
13
12
25
2-8
6-11
 2003
19
18
37
5-24
10-39
 Totals
51 
45
96 
9-47
34-97
 
  1985 | Tony Casillas
Tony Casillas
Tony Casillas, a nose guard from Tulsa, Okla., was a consensus All-American in both 1984 and '85. Head Coach Barry Switzer called him perhaps the greatest defensive lineman ever at Oklahoma.
 
He was named the Defensive Player of the Year in the Big Eight and National Lineman of the Year by UPI in 1984. He became second Sooner to win the Lombardi Award, given to the top lineman in the country.
 
A dominate pass-rusher who is tied for fifth on the career sack list with 18, Casillas was a big part of the Sooners' national title in 1985. He was eventually voted the Big Eight Conference's Defensive Player of the Decade for the '80s.
 
Casillas was the second player taken in the 1986 draft and had an NFL career that spanned 12 seasons.
 
 Career Statistics
 Season
UT
AT
TT
Sacks
TFL
 1982
3
7
10
0
0
 1983
42
20
62
6-53
13-83
 1984
62
22
86
10-84
21-142
 1985
31
21
55
2-14
6-23
 Totals
138
70
213
18-151
40-248
 
  1975 | Lee Roy Selmon

Lee Roy Selmon
Part of probably the most famous set of brothers in OU history, Lee Roy Selmon and his brothers gave Oklahoma one of the greatest defenses in history.
 
Selmon was named a consensus All-American in 1975 and also in 1974 by Newspaper Enterprise Association. His long list of achievements includes the Vince Lombardi Award, Outland Trophy, National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete, GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-American and Graduate Fellowship Winner National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame.
 
Throughout his college career, Selmon was listed as Leroy, then LeRoy, then when his career was over, he finally let everyone know that it's actually spelled Lee Roy.
 
Selmon was the first pick by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 1975 NFL Draft and went to six Pro Bowls in his nine years.
 
In 1994, he became the first Sooner to be inducted into the GTE/CoSIDA Academic Hall of Fame and in 1995 he became the first Sooner to be enshrined in the NFL Hall of Fame.
 
He left to become a successful banker for First Florida Bank before leaving to work in the athletic department at the University of South Florida. He's now the Athletic Director.
 
 Career Statistics
 Season
UT
AT
TT
Sacks
TFL
 1972
4
6
11
3-16
1
 1973
37
20
57
9-49
2
 1974
65
60
125
18-71
1
 1975
88
44
142
10-48
4
 Totals
194
130
335
40-184
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