"Not About Us" - A Night to Remember

Updated: Jun 9, 2018

Courtney Love is presented with a donation from the Wuerffel Trophy to Amachi Central Kentucky

Miramar Beach, Fla. – It most certainly was a night to remember.  Thursday, February 15, 2018 at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort.The night that the Wuerffel Trophy Official Welcome Reception and Dinner was held and by all accounts was deemed an instant success.

The evening's theme, "Not About Us," was in play as the night's intent was a celebration of, and an appreciation to, the people who help make the award possible, most notably the past recipients and supporters.

And certainly not to forget the welcoming of 2017 recipient Courtney Love, his family

and the University of Kentucky contingent which included Susan Lax and Tony Neely from Sports Information, Associate Athletic Director Marc Hill along with spouses Terri Neely and Jenny Hill.

Appropriately, the night was opened in prayer by first ever recipient Rudy Niswanger (LSU – 2005) and later closed by Joel Penton (Ohio State – 2006), and included an emotional moment with Paul Smith (2007 – Tulsa) who discussed celebrating his 10 year anniversary.

Trevor Knight and Ty Darlington with a "Walk Through" of the jacket ceremony to take place for real the next evening

A light hearted “walk through” of the jacket ceremony followed where Ty Darlington (Oklahoma - 2015) assisted Trevor Knight (Texas A&M – 2016) with his blue sport coat, signifying his Associate Membership into the All Sports Association of Fort Walton Beach.

Also, Herff Jones representatives Sarah McDonald and Brian Wier presented Barrett Jones (Alabama – 2011) and Deterrian Shackelford (Ole Miss – 2013) with their custom commemorative rings.

The program culminated with the introduction of Courtney Love to a standing ovation and a surprise presentation by the Wuerffel Trophy, a donation to Amachi Central Kentucky, the mentoring organization and program that Love holds dear to his heart.

The night indeed was “Not About Us” but a tribute to everyone that has played a part in the last 13 years.


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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Tom Brassell, Executive Director
103 Pamela Ann Drive; Suite 100
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547

Email: tombrassell@wuerffeltrophy.org

Phone: 850-585-5512

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