Categories: Awards
      Date: Dec 21, 2011
     Title: Gridiron Club Announces 2011 New England College Football Award Recipients
Boston College’s Luke Kuechly and Dartmouth’s Nick Schwieger Take 73rd Bulger Lowe Award; Yale’s Patrick Witt and Bentley’s Bryant Johnson Win 66th Swede Nelson Award

Gridiron Club Announces 2011 New England College Football Award Recipients

Boston College’s Luke Kuechly and Dartmouth’s Nick Schwieger Take 73rd Bulger Lowe Award; Yale’s Patrick Witt and Bentley’s Bryant Johnson Win 66th Swede Nelson Award

BOSTON - December 26, 2011 – Gridiron Club of Greater Boston president Paul Stewart announced today that Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly (Cincinnati, OH) and Dartmouth College running back Nick Schwieger (Norton, MA) are recipients of the 73rd annual George “Bulger” Lowe Award, “New England’s Heisman Trophy” and one of America’s oldest college football accolades.

The Bulger Lowe Award recognizes the New England’s best offensive and defensive players in the NCAA Bowl and Championship Divisions, formerly known as Divisions IA and IAA. Kuechly and Schweiger head an all-star slate of players, coaches and officials to be honored by club at its annual Bob Whelan College Football Awards Night on Thursday, January 12, 2012 at the Westin Hotel in Waltham, Massachusetts.

The club also announced that the winners of the 66th annual Nils V.Swede” Nelson Award for exceptional achievement in sportsmanship, academics, and athletics are Yale quarterback Patrick Witt (Atlanta, GA) in the Bowl/Championship Divisions and Bentley quarterback Bryant Johnson (Hopedale, MA) in Divisions II-III.

Other honors conferred that evening by the Gridiron Club will be:

Awards Dinner information: Thursday, January 12, 2012 at Westin Waltham Hotel. Tickets are $50 each or $500 for a table of ten. Order them online at www.gridclubofgreaterboston.com, through members of the Gridiron Club, or by calling club secretary Dick Lawrence at (781) 231-0372. Social hour begins at 6:00 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:00.

About the Gridiron Club, “Keepers of the Flame”: Founded in 1932, the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston (www.gridclubofgreaterboston.com) promotes the game of football at all levels and nurtures the ideals of citizenship, sportsmanship, leadership, and athletic and academic achievement. Through its annual dinners and golf tournament, the club carries on its tradition of honoring exemplary players, coaches and officials at all levels of the sport, and supporting worthy charitable causes, especially those that assist children.

The Gridiron Club is steward of some of the most storied awards in American sport. The George H. “Bulger” Lowe Award, established in 1939 and awarded to New England’s best college football players, is the country’s oldest accolade of its kind after the Heisman Trophy and the Maxwell Award. The Nils V. “Swede” Nelson Award, inaugurated in 1946, recognizes football players who also distinguish themselves in the classroom. In 1977, the club assumed stewardship of the Walter Brown Award, the nation’s oldest college hockey honor, which is given to the best American-born college player in New England.