October 6, 2012; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions linebacker Michael Mauti (42) looks on during the game against the Northwestern Wildcats at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-US PRESSWIRE

Michael Mauti Left Off List By Lombardi Award


The Rotary Lombardi Award is awarded annually to the nation’s best (offensive or defensive) lineman or linebacker. Previous winners include Nick Fairley, LaMarr Woodley, Orlando Pace and Penn State’s own Bruce Clark.

A Nittany Lion will not win it in 2012. Or even have a chance to.

The quarter-finalists for the Lombardi Award were announced today and Penn State linebacker Michael Mauti was left off the list.

Four players in the Big Ten did make the list, however. Michigan State’s William Gholston (DE), Ohio State’s Johnathan Hankins (DT), Purdue’s Kawann Short (DT) and Wisconsin’s Chris Borland (LB) are all on the list of 25. However, none of them have been named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week twice like Mauti has. None of them have  been named Walter Camp Defensive Player of the Week like Mauti has.

Michael Mauti is not only a nationally recognized player, he is the un-contested leader of arguably the best defense in the conference and this Penn State team as a whole.

The Rotary Club of Houston says that the winner should be someone who shows “leadership, courage, desire, respect for authority and discipline.” I think they missed a chance to include someone who exudes those qualities in Mauti.

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  • Willie Green

    The funds from the Rotary Lombardi Award dinner are presented
    to the American Cancer Society, through a special relationship with
    the Lombardi family members’ dedication to the cure for cancer.

    As a national, charitable event, I wouldn’t fret too much over who they select and who they “slight.” It’s for a worthy cause. Congratulate the winner and no sour grapes.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1098262895 Carolyn Todd

      Please tell me why I shouldn’t fret. I don’t care if it’s for a good cause, the criteria for choosing players for a national award should be based on performance not on anything else.

    • AP

      Exactly, which is why they shouldn’t be playing politics.

    • http://twitter.com/TimTolleyFS Tim Tolley

      That’s a fair enough point, Willie, but it is a nationally recognized award and should be taken seriously by those involved.

      • Willie Green

        That’s why we should take the “high road.”
        If it’s a deliberate snub, the Sports World will notice.

        • http://twitter.com/nectir Bill Boy

          The Rotary is afraid ESPN will say they support child molestation

        • http://twitter.com/nectir Bill Boy

          The Rotary is afraid ESPN will say they support child molestation

  • cage

    This is an absolute trave-sham-mockery…arguably the best lb in the country n he gets no love…smh

  • Karl Ginter

    The Rotary Club is playing politics, plain and simple. While the funds go for a good cause, it doesn’t speak well for the decision-making body of the foundation to omit a great player whose efforts on the field have warranted the recognition –simply because of the perceived discomfort they may feel in awarding a scholar-athlete from a sanctioned school, this award . Vince Lombardi wouldn’t call this “sour grapes”, he’d call it pathetic!

    • Karl Ginter

      I agree with Willie that we should take the high road, but I doubt that anyone will notice. We all expected better from something associated with Lombardi.

  • PSUfan

    This should fire up Mauti even more….as sad as it is I guess this is the way things have been from the start..new coach and new life at PSU and awesome recruiting progress..NCAA could not digest it and came down with extremely fast and unbelievably tough sanctions to cripple the program…now this…

  • whocares

    I think it is a politicized move that encourage current players to leave the program and to further cripple recruiting efforts..probably the NCAA and others expected more attrition, weaker on -field and recruiting-trail performance. When the desired effect was not observed, they have stooped lower…

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