Dallas Griffin Wins 2007 Draddy Trophy

Texas senior C Dallas Griffin was presented the 2007 Draddy Trophy at the annual National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame banquet on Tuesday night in New York City.

Senior center Dallas Griffin was awarded the Draddy Trophy, which is presented to the player who is "the best in the country in combined academic success, football performance and exemplary community leadership."

Griffin joined 14 other athletes as finalists to comprise the 2007 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class. Each member of the elite group, which was selected from 153 semifinalists, received an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship. As the Draddy recipient, Griffin's scholarship increases to $25,000.

In a release from Texas, Griffin said:

"I found out how big of a deal this award is when (former Longhorn tight end) Neale Tweedie was up for it last year. Since then, I've studied up on some of the past winners and not only did they excel in the classroom, but they were amazing players. It is just a great combination of on-field and off-field success and community service. To be recognized as this year's Draddy Trophy winner is a great honor, and I'm so happy to be representing Texas when it comes to such a prestigious award."

Texas head coach Mack Brown also released a statement, saying:

"We are so proud of Dallas and everything he's accomplished. Winning the Draddy Trophy - the Academic Heisman - is the perfect tribute to a guy who has meant so much to our program and is such a great representative of college football. Dallas is the ideal role model for young student-athletes across the country. He's been a leader on the field and in the classroom for five years and is a great young man who has an unbelievably bright future."

Griffin started the first 10 games for Texas this year before suffering a season-ending knee injury at Oklahoma State.

During his career at Texas, Griffin has been a four-time first-team Academic All-Big 12 selection, has posted a perfect 4.0 GPA six times and graduated with 3.88 GPA with a double major in business honors and finance in the spring of 2007. This fall, he began his coursework in UT's Red McCombs MBA Program.

It was the 60th Anniversary of the NFF's Annual Awards Dinner, which was held at the Waldorf-Astoria. In addition to Griffin being honored, former UT All-America DB Johnnie Johnson became the 14th Longhorn player and the 16th overall UT inductee to the NFF Hall of Fame.

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