Past Winners

Andrew Rodriguez, 82nd Annual AAU Sullivan Award Winner

Andrew Rodriguez, 82nd Annual AAU Sullivan Award Winner

Sport: Football

Hometown: Alexandria, VA

Biography: Standing among our nation's future military leaders, Andrew Rodriguez is perhaps one of the most impressive of them all. He became Army's 14th NFF National Scholar-Athlete and first since 1999.

Carrying a 4.14 GPA as a mechanical engineering major, Rodriguez ranked third in a class of 1,052 cadets. He posted 21 A-plus grades and recorded six terms with a GPA of 4.0 or higher. He is a three-time CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree and qualified for the Dean's List five times.

On the field, Rodriguez claimed 140 career tackles in 23 career games. As a sophomore in 2009, Rodriguez stepped into the starting lineup at linebacker and led the Black Knights with 85 tackles while also registering two interceptions, three pass breakups, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, 1.5 tackles for loss and 0.5 sacks. He recorded a career-best 15 tackles versus archrival Navy and also posted 14 stops against rival Air Force that season.

Rodriguez missed the entire 2010 season due to what was originally thought to be a career-ending back injury, but returned as a team captain in 2011 to appear in all 11 contests. He currently ranks third on the squad with 55 tackles, claims one interception and 1.5 tackles for loss. He leads the team in pass breakups, passes defended, and fumble recoveries.

In the summer of 2010, Rodriguez was chosen to participate in the West Point Academic Development Program in Vincenza, Italy. He spent this past summer completing the West Point chain of command detail. A native of Alexandria, Va., he is the son of Commanding General of the U.S. Army Forces Command David Rodriguez. His sister, Amy, graduated from West Point in 2006 and recently completed a tour of duty in Iraq.

Rodriguez is Army's first Campbell Trophy winner and the school's 14th NFF National Scholar-Athlete. Rodriguez was named a NFF National High School Scholar-Athlete in 2008, representing the NFF National Capital (Va.) Chapter. He is just the fifth NFF National High School Scholar-Athlete to also be selected as an NFF National Scholar-Athlete, and joins Ohio State's Bobby Hoying as the only former NFF National High School Scholar-Athletes to win the William V. Campbell Trophy. He joins 1990 Campbell Trophy winner Chris Howard (Air Force) as the only winners representing a service academy.

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Known as the "Oscar" of sports awards and older than The Heisman, the AAU Sullivan Award honors the outstanding amateur athlete in the United States. It has been presented annually by the AAU since 1930 as a salute to founder and past president of the Amateur Athletic Union, and pioneer in amateur sports, James E. Sullivan. Based on the qualities of leadership, character, sportsmanship, and the ideals of amateurism, the AAU Sullivan Award goes far beyond athletic accomplishments and honors those who have shown strong moral character.


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