Capacity crowd repeatedly brought to its feet as Ralph Friedgen, Joe Jacoby, Bob Milloy and the region’s top college and high school players and coach are honored
After being canceled the past two years because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the DC Touchdown 3M Awards Dinner made a triumphant return honoring the best and brightest in the National Capital Region football community.
“What an incredible night!” Military Bowl Foundation President & Executive Director Steve Beck said. “It was amazing to see so many familiar faces and so many people devoted to the sport of football and raising money for Patriot Point. Congratulations to all of the award winners!”
The program began with 2017 DC Touchdown Club Lifetime Achievement Award winner Johnny Holliday roasting longtime high school coach Bob Milloy as Holliday presented Milloy for induction into the Circle of Legends.
Legendary Washington Redskins offensive lineman Joe Jacoby was presented the Touchdown Club’s Founder’s Award and had much of the crowd laughing as he remembered tales from his playing career.
Following dinner, University of Maryland Coach Mike Locksley introduced the B-11 Foundation, which is being started in memory of former local high school player Bryan Strittmatter; the Military Bowl Foundation presented a check to Strittmatter’s brother, Sean, in his honor.
Emcee Rick “Doc” Walker presented the Touchdown Club’s high school player and coach of the year awards:
- Washington, D.C. High School Player of the Year Jamar Curtis, St. John’s
- Maryland High School Player of the Year Kevin Winston Jr., DeMatha Catholic
- Virginia High School Player of the Year Jacob Thomas, Stone Bridge
- Washington Metro High School Coach of the Year John Kelley, Quince Orchard
University of Pittsburgh Coach Pat Narduzzi introduced the Washington Metro College Player of the Year, Pitt wide receiver Jordan Addison. Walker returned to present the Washington Metro Pro Player of the Year Trevon Diggs of the Dallas Cowboys and a Lifetime Achievement Award to Lou Holtz; Diggs and Holtz were unable to attend.
The night concluded with former University of Maryland star Bruce Perry presenting a Lifetime Achievement Award to former Terps coach Ralph Friedgen, who several times became very emotional as he detailed key moments of perseverance from his coaching career.
The Dinner raised money for Patriot Point, the Military Bowl Foundation’s retreat for wounded, ill and injured service members, their families and caregivers. In addition to presenting sponsor 3M, the event was sponsored by Events DC, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, FCN Inc. Technology Solutions, MTI, Three Wire Systems LLC, NextGen Federal Systems and Old Virginia Tobacco Company.
Foursomes and sponsorships are available for the Touchdown Club’s next event, the DC Touchdown Club Golf Outing on Tuesday, June 14 at Whiskey Creek Golf Club in Ijamsville, Maryland.