Former University of Southern California student-athlete and current Jacksonville Jaguars Head Coach Jack Del Rio was one of six recipients of the NCAA Silver Anniversary Award at the 2010 NCAA Convention in Atlanta last night.
The Silver Anniversary Awards annually recognize former student-athletes who excelled in their collegiate athletic endeavors and have succeeded in their chosen professions. The recipients, chosen by the NCAA Honors Committee composed of athletics administrators and nationally renowned former student-athletes, are recognized on the 25th anniversary of the completion of their amateur athletic careers.
"The people I met and the lessons I learned at USC taught me so much about commitment and teamwork," Del Rio said. "Those values were integral to my development and have carried over to my NFL career and personal life."
As a stand-out two-sport athlete at USC, Del Rio excelled in both football and baseball. A four-year starter at linebacker for the Trojans, Del Rio earned consensus All-American honors as a senior and was runner up for the Lombardi Award. Del Rio finished his college career with 340 tackles, 58 tackles for loss, five fumble recoveries and one interception and was co-MVP of the 1985 Rose Bowl.
Drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays coming out of high school in 1981, Del Rio also batted .340 as a catcher for Southern California's storied baseball program in 1983 and 1984 and was a teammate of pitching great Randy Johnson.
Professionally, Del Rio enjoyed an 11-year NFL career in which he compiled 1,078 tackles, 12 sacks and 13 interceptions in 160 games for New Orleans, Kansas City, Dallas and Minnesota. A 1994 Pro Bowl and All-Pro selection, Del Rio won a world championship serving as the linebackers coach for the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XXXV and recently finished his seventh season as head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars. Del Rio, who is only the second coach in Jaguars history, ranks tied for fifth among longest-tenured head coaches in the NFL.
Dedicated to philanthropic initiatives, Del Rio established the Jack Del Rio Foundation in 2008 to help improve the lives of children in northeast Florida by assisting development and educational programs. Del Rio also supports the American Cancer Society in Jacksonville along with other charities in California and New Orleans.
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