Vince Lombardi/Rotary Award: Nick Fairley

Written by Gil Alcaraz IV on December 16, 2010



The Vince Lombardi/Rotary Award is presented annually to the best lineman in the nation. This year, defensive tackle Nick Fairley of the Auburn Tigers earned this prestigious designation.

 

Drawing comparisons to the disruptive way that Ndamukong Suh played last year for the Nebraska Corn Huskers, Fairley has been simply dominant in 2010 for the Tigers. Fairley played like a man possessed, bowling his way through offensive lines almost every play and practically owning real estate in opposing offenses’ backfield. He did a sensational job as the anchor for a Tigers defensive unit that only allowed three 100-yard rushers all season. He was part of the defense that held the 2009 Heisman trophy winner, running back Mark Ingram, to only 36 rushing yards. Despite missing the Chattanooga game, Fairley tallied 55 tackles including 21 for a loss, 10.5 sacks, a forced fumble, and an interception.

 

Fairley’s most impressive game was Auburn’s 24-17 win over the LSU Tigers. He lived in the LSU’s offensive backfield, bringing down the quarterback for 2.5 sacks while tallying six total tackles. Four of his sack tackles were for a loss, totaling 23 negative yards for LSU.

Gil Alcaraz IV

Gil is the owner of the Minnesota Vikings blog, The Viking Den, and an editorial writer for Lakers Nation. Having followed the NFL Draft for years, Gil has had a knack for naming some of the big surprise players to make it in the NFL. Gil is also a member of the Football Writers Association of America. See all posts by Gil Alcaraz IV.