What Is The Landry Award?
The Landry Award recognizes the top high school football player (any position, any division, any school) in North Texas who demonstrates positive character and leadership attributes.
The Landry Award 2015 Winner
Congratulations to Mansfield Lake Ridge quarterback Jett Duffey, The Landry Award 2015 honoree. Duffey was selected from a field of finalists who demonstrated both positive character and leadership attributes over the season. The remaining finalists were: Kennedy Brooks (RB, Mansfield), Devin Duvernay (WR/RB, Sachse), Kaden Smith (TE, Flower Mound Marcus) and Ja’Ron Wilson (RB, Euless Trinity).
2014: Kyler Murray, Allen
2013: Myles Garrett, Arlington Martin
2012: Jake Oliver, Jesuit
2011: Johnathan Gray, Aledo
2010: Johnathan Gray, Aledo
The Landry Award 2015 Coach Of The Year
The Landry Award also recognizes a Coach of the Year, who exemplifies the Christian values that defined Tom Landry on and off the field. A coach’s job is first about teaching life skills and molding young lives. They are shaping young people into the leaders of tomorrow. So many coaches in North Texas donate their time to be more than just a coach to kids. They are father figures, friends and, most of all, role models. They nurture them with unconditional love and turn them into the kind of adults that today’s world needs.
The Landry Award Coach of the Year, selected by DFW FCA leadership and The Landry Award voting panel, is one who encourages leadership, selflessness, maturity, respect and kindness.
The 2015 Landry Award Coach of the Year is Randy Jackson of Grapevine High School. The other finalists were Bill Elliott (Celina), Kody Groves (Mesquite Poteet), Gerry Stanford (Flower Mound Marcus) and Kirk Thor (Mansfield Lake Ridge).
2014: Randy Allen, Highland Park
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.