Ex-Trojan Anthony Munoz Named Walter Camp's 'Man Of The Year'

Jan. 21, 2005

Former USC and Cincinnati Bengal standout offensive tackle Anthony Muñoz has been named the recipient of the Walter Camp Football Foundation's 'Man of the Year' award.

Muñoz joins a distinguished list of former 'Man of the Year' winners, including Roger Staubach (Navy), Gale Sayers (Kansas), Jim Kelly (Miami) and last year's recipient, Ozzie Newsome (Alabama).

The Walter Camp 'Man of the Year' award honors an individual who has been closely associated with the game of football as a player, coach or close attendant to the game. He must have attained a measure of success and been a leader in his chosen profession. He must have contributed to the public service for the benefit of his community, country and his fellow man. He must have an impeccable reputation for integrity and must be dedicated to our American Heritage and the philosophy of Walter Camp.

A native of Ontario, Calif., Muñoz played for head coach John Robinson at USC and was a key contributor to the Trojans' 1978 national championship. Despite playing just one game in his senior season due to a knee injury, he still was a first-round draft pick - third player selected overall - by the Bengals in 1980.

Considered by many as the NFL's top offensive lineman in the 1980s, Muñoz played 13 seasons and was selected to 11 Pro Bowls. An exceptional straight-on blocker with great agility, Muñoz was also an 11-time All-Pro selection and a three-time NFL Offensive Lineman of the year recipient (1981, 1987, and 1988). In his 13-year professional career, Muñoz missed just three games due to injury, and also caught seven passes - four for touchdowns - on tackle-eligible plays. He also played in two Super Bowls (XVI, XXII) and was named to the NFL's 75th Anniversary All-Time Team in 1994.

Muñoz has been recognized for his tireless community involvement. He was the recipient of the Athletes in Action Bart Starr Award for Leadership in 1990, and was named the Cincinnati Bengals Man of the Year Award for five consecutive years. In 1991, he was honored as the NFL Man of the Year. In 1998, Muñoz was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first attempt on the ballot.

Muñoz has served as a television analyst for ESPN and Fox, and continues to cover the Cincinnati Bengals on WKRC-TV and WLW Radio. He also serves on the NFL Youth Board. In 2002, he established the Anthony Muñoz Foundation, a non-profit organization that empowers children to reach their highest potential. The foundation has impacted thousands of children and raised more than $1,000,000 for foundation programs and select charities.

Muñoz and his wife, Dede, are the parents of Michael and Michelle. Michael is a star offensive lineman for Tennessee and a 2004 Walter Camp All-America second team selection, while Michelle is a basketball star at Ohio State.

Muñoz as well as all of the major award winners and members of the 2004 Walter Camp All-America team (including Trojans Matt Leinart, Shaun Cody, Matt Grootegoed and Reggie Bush), will be honored at the organization's 38th annual national awards banquet on Feb. 12 at the Yale University Commons in New Haven. In addition, the Foundation will hold its annual Fan Fest on Friday, Feb. 11 at the Connecticut SportsPlex on Route 80 in North Branford from 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Dinner ($250.00) and Fan Fest tickets ($10.00) can be purchased by calling (203) 288-CAMP.

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