The Landry Award
Congratulations, Jake Oliver!
Dallas Jesuit wide receiver Jake Oliver was recognized as The Landry Award 2012 honoree. Oliver was selected from a field of finalists (listed below) who demonstrate positive character and leadership attributes. READ MORE
About The Nominees
McKinney Boyd RB: Driskell is a returning nominee from last year. He carries the load for his team and has rushed for 5,145 yards in his career at Boyd. He’s a great person off the field, and was voted Homecoming King. When his team needed a win to get in the playoffs, he rushed for 333 yards and 7 TDs. No one on this list means more to their team than Driskell.
Arlington Martin QB/RB: Hicks is the shining star at Martin. He lead his team deep into the playoffs last year and his team overcame a huge hurdle by Trinity, which had eliminated them the previous years. He took on a role as QB this year to get the ball in his hands every play with a chance to explode. He is the most determined player on this list, and committed to Texas.
Southlake Carroll QB: Hill willed his team to a state championship last year and is in position to repeat this year. He is truly a dual threat QB that can run and pass. He is extremely smart on the field and leads his team into the bright lights at Southlake Carroll. He is the best dual threat and prepared player on this list, and committed to Texas A&M.
Dallas Jesuit WR: Oliver was nominated last year as a junior. This year, he broke Jordan Shipley’s all-time receptions record for the State of Texas. Oliver has been selected to participate in the U.S. Army All-American Game, and is currently committed to play college football at Texas. There is no one more focused and intense on this list than Oliver.
Allen WR/RB/KR: Pierce is the do-it-all kind of kid. He started the season at QB and has since moved more into a flex role, catching passes, running and returning kicks. The ball in his hands is an electric thing to watch. He is also one of the nation’s top wrestlers. He is the most versatile and quick player on this list, and committed to Oklahoma.
What Is The Landry Award?
The best high school football player in North Texas will be honored with an award named in memory of former Dallas Cowboys head coach Tom Landry.
The Landry Award recognizes the top high school football player (any position, any division, any school) in the DFW area, as chosen by a voting panel of former coaches and players, members of the media and local leaders.
Nominations for The Landry Award are accepted online. The names of the five top finalists will be announced in November, and the public is encouraged to vote online for the player of their choice. The Landry Award will be presented to the top player’s school at a ceremony to be held in early December.
Whataburger All North Texas Team
New for 2012, The Landry Award program also recognized the Whataburger All North Texas Team, which saluted one outstanding player at each position on offense and defense.
2011 Landry Award Winner
Congratulations, Jonathan Gray of Aledo! A consensus Class 4A All-State selection for the 2010 state champion Bearcats, this running back returned in 2011 with an even bigger year, repeating as the Landry Award winner. Gray is now a standout freshman for the University of Texas Longhorns.
Tom Landry 1924-2000
One of the greatest icons of the game began his football legacy in Mission, Texas. As quarterback, Landry led his high school team to a 12-0 season in his senior year. After returning from duty as a bomber pilot, he attended the University of Texas. After graduating from Texas, Landry played professionally for the All-America Football Conference’s New York Yankees, and later the New York Giants. He played five years as a pro.
Landry started coaching as an assistant with the Giants while he was still playing, and later became a full-time assistant coach with the team. Of course, he is best known as the first head coach of the Dallas Cowboys, a position he held for 29 seasons, including a record 20 consecutive winning seasons. During this time, Landry coached America’s Team to five Super Bowl appearances, winning twice. He won 270 games, the third-most in NFL history. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1990.
Beyond the Xs and Os, Landry was known as a man of strong faith. He was an active supporter and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Greater Dallas Fellowship of Christian Athletes for 30 years, and he encouraged his players to demonstrate leadership on and off the field.
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