What Is The Landry Award?
Each year, the best high school football player in North Texas is 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 were accepted online, and the names of the five top finalists have been announced. The public is now encouraged to vote for the player of their choice. Voting ends on Friday, December 4. The 2015 award will be presented to the top player’s school at a ceremony held on Monday, December 14 and broadcast on CBS 11 at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, December 18. Click here for tickets to the ceremony.
The Landry Award 2014 Winner
Congratulations, Kyler Murray! After being a finalist in 2013, the Allen High School quarterback was recognized as The Landry Award 2014 honoree. Murray was selected from a field of finalists who demonstrated both positive character and leadership attributes over the season.
2013: Myles Garrett, Arlington Martin
2012: Jake Oliver, Jesuit
2011: Johnathan Gray, Aledo
2010: Johnathan Gray, Aledo
The Landry Award 2014 Coach Of The Year
In 2014, the Greater DFW Fellowship of Christian Athletes, CBS 11 and TXA 21 recognized Randy Allen, head football coach at Highland Park High School as The Landry Award Coach of the Year.
The Coach of the Year 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 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.
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.