Bethesda, Md. -- The DC Touchdown Club presented by Capital Bank N.A. honored one of the biggest personalities in college football, along with one of college football’s greatest players in recent years and the company that has revolutionized the athletic apparel business at its 3M Awards Dinner on Thursday night.
ESPN commentator Lee Corso received the Club’s Lifetime Achievement Award, while Under Armour founder and CEO Kevin Plank accepted the Founder’s Award on his company’s behalf. Also, Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds took home the Washington Metro College Player of the Year trophy for the second time in three years.
“What an incredible night,” DC Touchdown Club Executive Director Steve Beck said. “The Club has galvanized the Washington-area football community and brings together those who love this game so much.”
Beck also announced the DC Bowl Committee’s latest initiative at the dinner: Patriot Point, a 290-acre property on Maryland’s Eastern Shore that will be a retreat for military personnel and wounded service members.
The crowd included several former Timmie Award winners, two recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor, University of Maryland football coach DJ Durkin, University of Virginia assistant head football coach Ruffin McNeil, James Madison University football coach Mike Houston, Maryland Department of Commerce Secretary Mike Gill and several local executives.
Following a cocktail reception, Durkin and Ruffin – entering their first season at their respective schools -- had the opportunity to introduce their programs to the capacity crowd of 350. Emcee Doc Walker then presented the local high school players of the year: Damascus running back Jake Funk (Maryland), St. John’s defensive end Terrell Hall (Washington, D.C.) and Tuscarora quarterback Daniel Smith (Virginia). Wise Coach DaLawn Parrish was honored as the Washington Metro High School Coach of the Year.
Perhaps no player in the country has been more exciting over the past four years than Reynolds, who will graduate from Navy as the nation’s all-time leader in touchdowns scored by a Division I player.
After dinner, Al Thomas – who guided Seneca Valley, Damascus and Sherwood to a combined eight Maryland state championships – was inducted into the Circle of Legends. Kennedy Coach Dan Makosy, who previously guided Damascus to three state titles and is now battling colon cancer, was presented a grant from the Bill Phillips Memorial Fund.
After accepting the Founder’s Award on behalf of Under Armour, Plank said the question he is asked most often deals with Under Armour’s endorsers and how so many of them have been successful in their sports.
“Plain and simple, it all starts with character,” Plank said. “Picking the best people. They say please and thank you. They are intellectually curious. … I look at our team of athletes and we couldn’t be more proud, but we are most proud of the people they are.”
Corso followed, entertaining the crowd with tales from his coaching tenure.
“Thanks to the DC Touchdown Club for this honor,” Corso said. “It means a great deal to me.”