NFF to Co-Host Ivy League’s
Asa S. Bushnell Cup Announcement,
Presented by the Pasadena Tournament of Roses®
Organizations partner for 10th consecutive year to unveil the Ivy League’s Football Players of the Year.
IRVING, Texas & PRINCETON, N.J. (Aug. 14, 2019) – The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) and The Ivy League announced today that the organizations are partnering for the 10th consecutive year to co-host a press conference and reception, presented by the Pasadena Tournament of Roses®, to bestow the Asa S. Bushnell Cup to the League’s Football Players of the Year.
Part of the festivities surrounding the 62nd NFF Annual Awards Dinner in New York City, the press conference will take place Monday, Dec. 9, at 12:30 p.m. ET in the Mercury Ballroom of the New York Hilton Midtown, the day before the NFF event on Dec. 10.The Pasadena Tournament of Roses returns for a sixth consecutive year as the presenting sponsor of the event. This year’s event will be especially momentous as part of the yearlong celebration of the 150th anniversary of college football in 2019 as well as the 100th anniversary of Harvard’s appearance in the 1920 Rose Bowl Game.
The presentation will be carried live on ESPN+, as part of the Ivy League’s partnership with ESPN.
Capping off the Ivy League football season, the presentation of the Asa S. Bushnell Cup annually recognizes one offensive and one defensive player as the best player from their respective sides of the ball. The finalists – two offensive and two defensive, plus any ties – will be announced on Tuesday, Dec. 3. The finalists along with their respective head coaches will be on hand as Ivy League Executive Director Robin Harris unveils the winners’ names in front of an impressive crowd of media representatives, NFF Board members and Ivy League administrators, alumni, dignitaries and friends.
“The Bushnell Cup Presentation offers us a prominent platform to showcase the League’s storied tradition and modern success,” said Harris. “The Ivy League, NFF and the Tournament of Roses share a common goal of inspiring young people through education and football, and we are excited to partner once again with two organizations that reflect our values. This year is particularly special as we celebrate the 150th anniversary of college football, which traces its roots to the Ivy League.”
The Tournament of Roses boasts numerous ties to the Ivy League as well as the NFF. All three organizations share similar missions, including the promotion of the scholar-athlete ideal and a deep commitment to the rich history and traditions of the game.
“The Tournament of Roses and the Ivy League represent two of the most storied traditions in college football,” said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. “And the NFF is proud to stand side-by-side with them in supporting this unique event that provides a powerful platform for promoting some of our nation’s finest student-athletes. All three of our organizations have had a hand in shaping the game of college football over the last 150 years, and we look forward to celebrating the game’s historic milestone at this event and throughout the upcoming season.”
The connection between the Ivy League and the Rose Bowl Game stretches back more than 100 years with Ivy League teams appearing in three of the first six Rose Bowl Games. All totaled, four of the eight Ivy League teams have made an appearance in the Rose Bowl Game. Other Ivy League/Rose Bowl Game connections include the Yale Bowl serving as a model for the Rose Bowl Stadium architects, led by the renowned Myron Hunt, as they designed the iconic stadium during the early 1920s in Pasadena.
This season marks the 100th anniversary of Harvard and Hall of Fame halfback Eddie Casey’s 7-6 victory over Oregon in the Rose Bowl Game following the 1919 season, notching the first Ivy League victory in the famed event. Brown, led by Hall of Fame Coach Edward “Robbie” Robinson and Hall of Famer Fritz Pollard, played Washington State in the 1916 Rose Bowl Game as the first Ivy League team to ever appear in the classic. Penn represented the Ivy League the following year in the 1917 game, taking on Oregon. In 1934, Columbia, led by Hall of Fame Coach Lou Little and Hall of Famer Cliff Montgomery, pulled off possibly the greatest upset in the game’s history with a 7-0 victory against Stanford.
“We are extremely pleased to continue our support of the presentation of the Asa Bushnell Cup,” said Laura Farber, president of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses. “The finalists chosen for this unique honor truly represent what it means to be a scholar-athlete. They have succeeded at the highest levels at some of our nation’s most prestigious academic institutions, and we take great pride in recognizing them as examples for future generations. We are also excited to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Harvard’s Rose Bowl Game victory and the 150th anniversary of college football.”
Presented annually since 1970, the Asa S. Bushnell Cup honors its namesake, a 1921 Princeton alumnus and the commissioner of the Eastern College Athletic Conference from 1938 to 1970. The Bushnell Cup is awarded by a vote of the Ivy League’s eight head football coaches to the players who display outstanding qualities of leadership, competitive spirit, contribution to the team and accomplishments on the field.
From 1970 to 2010, the Bushnell Cup recognized an Ivy League Player of the Year (or co-Players of the Year if there was a tie in voting). In 2011, the Ivy League began recognizing both an offensive and a defensive player of the year. Beginning with the 2010 season, the award was presented as a part of the festivities surrounding the NFF Annual Awards Dinner with four finalists named a week prior to the presentation.
Asa S. Bushnell Cup All-Time Recipient List
1970 – Jim Chasey, QB, Dartmouth & Ed Marinaro, RB, Cornell
1971 – Ed Marinaro, RB, Cornell
1972 – Dick Jauron, RB, Yale
1973 – Jim Stoeckel, QB, Harvard
1974 – Walt Snickenberger, RB, Princeton
1975 – Doug Jackson, RB, Columbia
1976 – John Pagliaro, RB, Yale
1977 – John Pagliaro, RB, Yale
1978 – Buddy Teevens, QB, Dartmouth
1979 – Tim Tumpane, LB, Yale
1980 – Kevin Czinger, MG, Yale
1981 – Rich Diana, RB, Yale
1982 – John Witkowski, QB, Columbia
1983 – Derrick Harmon, RB, Cornell
1984 – Tim Chambers, DB, Penn
1985 – Tom Gilmore, DT, Penn
1986 – Rich Comizio, RB, Penn
1987 – Kelly Ryan, QB, Yale
1988 – Jason Garrett, QB, Princeton
1989 – Judd Garrett, RB, Princeton
1990 – Shon Page, RB, Dartmouth
1991 – Al Rosier, RB, Dartmouth
1992 – Jay Fiedler, QB, Dartmouth
1993 – Keith Elias, RB, Princeton
1994 – Pat Goodwillie, LB, Penn
1995 – Dave Patterson, LB, Princeton
1996 – Chad Levitt, RB, Cornell
1997 – Sean Morey, WR, Brown
1998 – Jim Finn, RB, Penn
1999 – James Perry, QB, Brown
2000 – Gavin Hoffman, QB, Penn
2001 – Carl Morris, WR, Harvard
2002 – Carl Morris, WR, Harvard
2003 – Mike Mitchell, QB, Penn
2004 – Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Harvard
2005 – Nick Hartigan, RB, Brown
2006 – Jeff Terrell, QB, Princeton
2007 – Mike McLeod, RB, Yale
2008 – Chris Pizzotti, QB, Harvard
2009 – Buddy Farnham, WR, Brown & Jake Lewko, LB, Penn
2010 – Gino Gordon, RB, Harvard & Nick Schwieger, RB, Dartmouth
2011 – Offensive Player of the Year: Jeff Mathews, QB, Cornell
Defensive Player of the Year: Josue Ortiz, DT, Harvard
2012 – Offensive Player of the Year: Colton Chapple, QB, Harvard
Defensive Player of the Year: Mike Catapano, DL, Princeton
2013 – Offensive Player of the Year: Quinn Epperly, QB, Princeton
Defensive Player of the Year: Zack Hodges, DE, Harvard
2014 – Offensive Player of the Year: Tyler Varga, TB, Yale
Co-Defensive Players of the Year:
Zack Hodges, DE, Harvard & Mike Zeuli, LB, Princeton
2015 – Offensive Player of the Year: Scott Hosch, QB, Harvard
Defensive Player of the Year: Tyler Drake, LB, Penn
2016 – Offensive Player of the Year: John Lovett, RB, Princeton
Defensive Player of the Year: Folarin Orimolade, LB, Dartmouth
2017 – Offensive Player of the Year: Chad Kanoff, QB, Princeton
Defensive Player of the Year: Matthew Oplinger, LB, Yale
2018 – Offensive Player of the Year: John Lovett, QB, Princeton
Defensive Player of the Year: Isiah Swann, DB, Dartmouth
The 62nd NFF Annual Awards Dinner will take place the following evening on Dec. 10 at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York City. The annual celebration will provide the stage for the induction of the 2019 College Football Hall of Fame Class; the presentation of the 2019 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards; the bestowing of the 30th NFF William V. Campbell Trophy® to the nation’s top football scholar-athlete; and the presentation of the NFF Major Awards.
The 2019 College Football Hall of Fame Class includes Terrell Buckley (Florida State), Rickey Dixon (Oklahoma), London Fletcher (John Carroll [OH]), Jacob Green (Texas A&M), Torry Holt (North Carolina State), Raghib “Rocket” Ismail (Notre Dame), Darren McFadden (Arkansas), Jake Plummer (Arizona State), Troy Polamalu (Southern California), Joe Thomas (Wisconsin), Lorenzo White (Michigan State), Patrick Willis (Mississippi), Vince Young (Texas) and coaches Dennis Erickson (Idaho, Wyoming, Washington State, Miami [FL], Oregon State, Arizona State) and Joe Taylor (Howard, Virginia Union, Hampton, Florida A&M).
Famed actor and former UCLA quarterback Mark Harmon will receive the 2019 Gold Medal, the NFF’s highest honor. The other honorees include the “Voice of the Alabama Crimson Tide” Eli Gold (NFF Chris Schenkel Award for excellence in broadcasting) and former Saint Louis, Maryland and NC State director of athletics Deborah Yow (NFF John L. Toner Award for excellence in athletics administration).
The members of the 2019 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class, who will vie as finalists for The William V. Campbell Trophy®, will be announced on October 30. They will be honored at the NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 10, where one will be named the recipient of the Campbell Trophy® as the nation’s top football scholar-athlete.
Eight NFF National Scholar-Athletes have claimed the Bushnell Cup: Dick Jauron (Yale, 1972), Kevin Czinger (Yale, 1980), Richard Diana (Yale, 1981), Tom Gilmore (Penn, 1985), Keith Elias (Princeton, 1993), Nick Hartigan (Brown, 2005), Jeff Mathews (Cornell, 2011) and Tyler Varga (Yale, 2014.) Jauron and Ed Marinaro (Cornell) are the only two members of the College Football Hall of Fame to have claimed the Bushnell Cup, and Jauron is the only person to hold all three titles as a Bushnell Cup recipient, NFF National Scholar-Athlete and a College Football Hall of Famer.