Nominations for Tom Landry Award being accepted

Tom Landry

Nominations are being accepted for the Tom Landry Award of Excellence — perhaps the most prestigious honor that will be bestowed during the 2019 All-Valley Sports Awards Banquet on June 13 at Mario’s Banquet & Conference Center in Mission.

The banquet, hosted by RGVSports.com and AIM Media Texas in conjunction with the RGV Sports Hall of Fame, will see 33 awards presented to athletes, coaches and teams across 12 UIL sports.

RGVSports.com received permission from the Landry family to present the Tom Landry Award of Excellence to a student-athlete who represents the values for which Landry is still known: integrity, sportsmanship, character and teamwork. The recipient of the honor will be chosen based on academic excellence, athletic accomplishments, character and community service.

The award was initiated in 2016 to honor the legacy of the former Dallas Cowboys coaching great, a Mission native who died Feb. 12, 2000, at the age of 75. Landry coached the Cowboys from 1960-88 and holds the franchise record for career wins (250). He took the Cowboys to five Super Bowls, winning two.

The deadline for submitting a nomination for the Tom Landry Award of Excellence is May 30. To nominate a student-athlete, superintendents or athletic directors may contact Marcia Kitten by email at mkitten@aimmediatx.com or by phone at (956) 683-4463.

The two publishers of AIM Media’s Valley newspapers — Stephan Wingert (The Monitor) and Frank Escobedo (Valley Morning Star and Brownsville Herald) — will choose a winner from the nominations.

Randy White, a Super Bowl champion and former Super Bowl co-MVP for the Dallas Cowboys, will be the keynote speaker for the event. White was the Dallas Cowboys’ first pick and second overall player (ahead of the great Walter Payton) selected in the 1975 National Football League draft.

White, nicknamed “Manster” (half man, half monster) was named co-MVP of Super Bowl XII along with defensive line teammate Harvey Martin after the Cowboys defeated the Denver Broncos 27-10.

The Brownsville Herald, Valley Morning Star, The Monitor, Mid-Valley Town Crier and RGV Sports Hall of Fame will vote to determine the winners in the sports award categories. While the Herald, Star and Monitor have named their all-area teams in certain sports, the All-Valley Sports Awards Banquet will recognize the very best across all three coverage areas.

The banquet, which will run approximately 6 to 8 p.m., returns to Mario’s for a second consecutive year. The venue has a seating capacity of more than 500 people. Tickets will be on sale soon at a cost of $40 per person. For sponsorship opportunities, call Kitten at (956) 683-4463 or email mkitten@aimmediatx.com.