The 2021 Landry Awards
This year will continue the second decade of the Landry Award being presented to the top high school football player from North Texas! Previous honors have been awarded to North Texas high school football players who have also grown into professional football superstars! They include Kyler Murray of the Arizona Cardinals and Myles Garrett of the Cleveland Browns. Now, it’s time to nominate a new Landry Award winner and here’s your chance! Just click the nomination link below.
What Is The Landry Award?
The Landry Award recognizes the top high school football player (any position, any division, any school within the 32-county viewing area) in North Texas who demonstrates positive character and leadership attributes. The honoree is chosen by a voting panel of former coaches and players, members of the media and local leaders. Online public voting also accounts for one vote in the panel balloting. The program was created in 2010 by CBS 11 and TEXAS 21 in partnership with the Greater Dallas Fort Worth Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Enter Your Nomination
If you know a deserving candidate, please submit your nomination here. Nominee must play high school football in the 32-county area of Dallas/Fort Worth. Includes all divisions, public and private schools, and players of any class are eligible. Nominations will be accepted through November 5, 2021. See official rules (below) for judging criteria.
See The 2020 Landry Awards Final Presentation Show Below.
2020 Landry Award Winner Announced
2020 marked the beginning of the second decade of the award being presented to the top high school football player from North Texas.
The award returned to its roots with the announcement that JoJo Earle of Aledo won the trophy. In 2010, Johnathan Gray of Aledo won the inaugural Landry Award (and Gray went on to win the award again in 2011).
Congratulations to the finalists & winners for both the Player of the Year Award (won by JoJo Earle of Aledo), and the Coach of the Year Award (won by Dave Henigan of Denton Ryan).
The Landry Award 2020
2020: JoJo Earle, Aledo
2019: Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Rockwall High School
2018: T.J. McDaniel, Southlake Carroll
2017: John Stephen Jones, Highland Park High School
2016: Kennedy Brooks, Mansfield
2015: Jett Duffey, Mansfield Lake Ridge
2014: Kyler Murray, Allen
2013: Myles Garrett, Arlington Martin
2012: Jake Oliver, Jesuit
2011: Johnathan Gray, Aledo
2010: Johnathan Gray, Aledo
The Landry Award was created by CBS 11 and TXA 21 in partnership with the Greater Dallas/Fort Worth Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ Character and Leadership Initiative highlighting the “One Way 2 Play – Drug Free” program.
The Landry Award 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 Greater Dallas Fort Worth FCA leadership and The Landry Award voting panel, is one who encourages leadership, selflessness, maturity, respect and kindness.
2020: Dave Henigan of Denton Ryan
2019: Riley Dodge, Southlake Carroll High School
2018: Jason Tucker, Haltom High School
2017: Mike DeWitt, Coppell
2016: Brian Brazil, Hebron
2015: Randy Jackson, Grapevine
2014: Randy Allen, Highland Park
2013: Joe McBride, Coppell
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.