Robert Thomas Named Butkus Award Finalist

Nov. 15, 2001

The Downtown Athletic Club of Orlando, Inc. announcedthree Butkus Award� finalists today at a nationalteleconference from Spectators Sports Grill in Orlando

Orlando-The Downtown Athletic Club of Orlandoannounced three finalists for the 2001 Butkus Award�presented annually to the best linebacker in collegefootball. The finalists were voted upon by theindependent Butkus Award� Selection Committee,comprised of the nation's foremost media members. The2001 Butkus Award� winner will be chosen by aconfidential ballot of the Butkus Award� SelectionCommittee and announced by the award's namesake DickButkus at the Butkus Award� Presentation Ceremony onDecember 7, 2001 at the Downtown Orlando Marriott-ExpoCenter. In alphabetical order the three finalistsare:

Rocky Calmus Oklahoma, Sr. #20 (106 total tackles, 3sacks, 12 TFL, 1 INT)

E.J. Henderson Maryland, Jr. #42 (130 total tackles,5 sacks, 25 TFL and 1 INT)

Robert Thomas UCLA, Sr. # 8 (99 total tackles, 5.5sacks, 22 TFL, 1 forced fumble)

2001 Butkus Award� Presentation CeremonyFriday, December 7, 2001

Orlando Marriott Downtown-Expo Center

11:00-11:30 AM - Registration, Meet & Greet

11:30 AM Seated Luncheon and Presentation Ceremony

The three finalists, their coaches, families and theButkus Silver Anniversary Award winner are scheduledto attend the event. Sunshine Network's Paul Kennedywill be the master of ceremonies. This is the firsttime in the club's 17-year history that the ButkusAward� will be presented during a banquet-luncheonformat. We look forward to providing a new avenue somore people can experience the excitement of theButkus Award�. First-class luncheon seats areavailable for $50 per person by calling ShelleyFerguson at (407) 774.7813.

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