Former Trojan All-American Paul McDonald Wins NCAA Silver Anniversary Award

Nov. 18, 2004

INDIANAPOLIS - Former USC All-American quarterback Paul McDonald is among six recipients of the NCAA Silver Anniversary Award for 2005 the NCAA Honors Committee announced on Thursday (Nov. 18). The Silver Anniversary Award recognizes former student-athletes who have distinguished themselves since completing their college athletics careers 25 years ago.

It is the fourth year in a row a former Trojan has received the honor and the sixth time in the last seven years. Bruce Furniss (swimming) won it in 2004, Debbie Landreth Brown (volleyball) won it in 2003, John Naber (swimming) won it in 2002, Pat Haden (football) won it in 2000 and Lynn Swann (football) won it in 1999. Overall, it is the 10th time a Trojan has been honored with the award.

The recipients will be honored Sunday, Jan. 9, 2005, at the Honors Dinner during the NCAA Convention in Dallas. Rece Davis, ESPN and ESPN2 college basketball and college football studio host and SportsCenter anchor/reporter, will serve as emcee of the event.

The honorees for 2005 are:
* Mark Johnson, University of Wisconsin, Madison, men's ice hockey
* Gary Lawrence, Yale University, men's ice hockey and men's golf
* Paul McDonald, University of Southern California, football
* Greg Meredith, University of Notre Dame, men's ice hockey
* Joan Benoit Samuelson, Bowdoin College, track and field and field hockey
* Dave Stoldt, University of Illinois, Champaign, men's gymnastics

Recipients were chosen by the NCAA Honors Committee, which is composed of administrators at member institutions and prominent citizens who also formerly were student-athletes. The members of the NCAA Honors Committee are:Ced Dempsey, president emeritus of the NCAA; Clyde Doughty Jr., athletics director, New York Institute of Technology; Jo Ann Harper, director of athletics, Dartmouth College; Susan M. Hartmann, faculty athletics representative, history department, Ohio State University; Calvin Hill, Alexander & Associates, Inc; Karen L. Johnson, director of institutional research, Alfred University; and Valerie Richardson, chair, associate athletics director/SWA, University of California, Santa Barbara.

Below is Paul McDonald's biography

As quarterback for the Trojans, McDonald led Southern California to the 1978 national championship and two Rose Bowl victories. The NCAA Top IV honoree and NCAA postgraduate scholarship recipient set 17 NCAA, Pacific-10 Conference and Southern California records during his collegiate career.

After completing an eight-year career in the NFL, McDonald went on to work in the asset management division at Wells Fargo and as a partner at Spectrum Alliance Group, a management firm. McDonald also worked in Merrill Lynch's sports division and completed stints in private banking sales and as president of Direct Vision, a marketing company.

In addition, McDonald hosted a weekly Pacific-10 Conference football television show from 1992 to 1995. Named as the best radio color commentator by the Southern California Broadcasters Association in 2002, he began his seventh year as a radio analyst for Southern California football in 2004.

McDonald, who presently works as associate director and regional sales manager for National Commercial Services, volunteers with the Newport Harbor (California) High School mentoring program. He is a founding member of StreetSmart Kids, an organization designed to educate children and parents about child safety. He also is a member of the board of directors for the West Coast Sports Association, which provides financial support for inner-city youth projects.