Robert Smith of ESPN will be the Master of Ceremonies for the 2013 Burlsworth Trophy Awards Luncheon on Monday, December 9 at the Springdale Holiday Inn Convention Center. The winner of the Burlsworth Trophy will be announced at the luncheon, which starts at 11:30 a.m.
The three finalists are Wisconsin wide receiver Jared Abbrederis, Missouri guard Max Copeland and Tulsa running back Trey Watts. The winner will be selected by the Burlsworth Trophy selection committee. Fan voting is an element of the selection process; fans can vote once per day at BurlsworthTrophy.com.
There are tickets remaining for the event, which seats 800 people. Tickets may be purchased at BurlsworthTrophy.com (select “Ceremony” at the top).
Smith began his broadcast career with ESPN in 2005. Smith regularly contributes to College Football Live and Football Friday as an analyst and occasionally appears on Outside the Lines. Smith starred as a running back at Ohio State from 1990-92 and for the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings from 1993-2000, where he was twice named to the NFL Pro Bowl. At Ohio State, Smith earned the Mr. Football award in 1988 and 1989 – the first player to win the award twice. He also competed in track and field. In high school, Smith earned the Gatorade Player of the Year award for football in 1990.
Minnesota drafted Smith in the first round in 1993. While with the Vikings, he averaged 4.8 yards per carry and had 32 touchdowns with a career 6,818 yards rushing – the Vikings’ all-time record. He also had six touchdowns on 1,292 career yards receiving. In 2000, he led the NFC in rushing with 1,521 yards. Smith also holds the NFL record for average yards per touchdown run with 27.2 yards.
Smith is the author of The Rest of the Iceberg: An Insider’s View on the World of Sport and Celebrity. He is also an amateur astronomer.