HOUSTON - Former University of North Carolina play-by-play broadcaster Woody Durham will be presented with the first-ever Lombardi Excellence in College Broadcasting award at the 43rd annual Vince Lombardi Award ceremonies on Dec. 5. The event will be broadcast live from Houston on the CBS Sports Network at 9 p.m.
"I'm excited and honored," said Durham, who retired last year. "It makes me feel good to be recognized particulary after my career is over. This award is due to the coaches and players we had at North Carolina during my career. I tell people all the time there are great announcers across the country, but very few are fortunate enough to have a basketball team and football team that won more than 72 percent of their games combined."
Durham will be presented the award by his son, Georgia Tech play-by-play announcer Wes Durham, during a telecast which will also include the four Lombardi Award finalists, Manti Te'o of Notre Dame, Barrett Jones of Alabama, Jadeveon Clowney of South Carolina and Jarvis Jones of Georgia.
The ceremonies also will include Nebraska's legendary head coach and former US Congressman Tom Osborne, Apollo 17 astronaut Captain Eugene Cernan (the last man to walk on the moon as December marks the 40th anniversary of NASA's last lunar landing), Green Bay Packer star Jerry Kramer, 1993 Lombardi Award winner and proud Notre Dame alum Aaron Taylor and actress Dyan Cannon of the football movie "Heaven Can Wait."
The evening and broadcast will be hosted by former NFL & University of Oklahoma star running
back Spencer Tillman of CBS Sports.
"All of us associated with this year's annual Lombardi Award ceremonies are pleased that we
will also get to honor University of North Carolina broadcasting legend Woody Durham," said Tillman. "All too often broadcasters are put into specific categories. Woody Durham didn't fit into any one
category, in fact he created one. With limitless passion, no matter the score, he was inspiring...
He is THE Voice of the Tar Heels!"
It is fitting that this inaugural Excellence In College Broadcasting honor be bestowed upon Woody Durham, whose middle name is "Lombardi."
The 43rd Annual Vince Lombardi Award ceremonies are a presentation of the Rotary Club
of Houston and proceeds from this event will benefit the American Cancer Society.