Brett Rypien - Boise State - Quarterback

Updated: Nov 7, 2018

Just as he is a team captain and a leader on the field for Boise State, Brett is also among the leaders on the team at community service events. As the quarterback, kids and guests naturally gravitate to him as one of the most recognizable players, and Brett handles everything with grace and maturity, and gives everyone a moment of his time. As with much of the team, Brett is a frequent presence at local elementary schools, helping deliver the program's message of education, health, and anti-bullying to local schoolchildren.


  • 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-District 7 Team

  • 3x Academic All-Mountain West Team (2015-17)

  • 2x Mountain West Scholar-Athlete Award recipient


  • 2x Walter Camp Award Watch List (2017-18)

  • 3x Davey O'Brien Award Watch List (2016-18)

  • 3x Maxwell Award Watch List (2016-18)

  • Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award Watch List (2018)

  • Allstate AFCA Good Hands Team Watch List (2017)

  • Preseason Mountain West Offensive Player of the Year (2018)

  • Mountain West Freshman of the Year (2015)

  • 2x All-Mountain West First Team (2015-16)

  • All-Mountain West Second Team (2017)

  • Mountain West Championship Offensive MVP (2017)

  • Poinsettia Bowl Offensive MVP (2015)

  • 2x Mountain West Offensive Player of the Week (Oct. 10, 2016; Sept. 10, 2018)


  • Optimist Youth Football: Volunteers at Football Jamborees, works with youth football players at football skills clinics and events.

  • Dr. Seuss - Read Across America: Volunteers to read books to students at elementary schools in the Boise area.

  • Boise Rescue Mission - River of Life: Every Thanksgiving, along with teammates, serves Thanksgiving lunch to those in need at a local church (Cathedral of the Rockies).

  • Prom for Kids with Special Needs: Volunteers as a special guest to interact and socialize with students at a prom event held for special-needs students and youth.

  • Serving Up Wishes: Helps serve dinner and serve as wait staff and entertainment at the annual Make-A-Wish event held at Boise State.

  • St Luke's on the Blue: Serves as a host for youth patients at St. Luke's Children's Hospital when they visit Albertson's Stadium and The Blue.


Why was the Wuerffel Trophy created?  We felt that there was a void in major college football awards. Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel put it best when he wrote, “The Wuerffel. It’s about time. There’s an award for the best quarterback, best running back, wide receiver, best linebacker, best center and even best kicker and punter. Why not one for the best human being?”


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