Kansas State's Collin Klein is the winner of the 2012 Johnny Unitas
Golden Arm Award.
Named after the man many refer to as the greatest quarterback ever to
play football, The Golden Arm Award will be presented this Friday,
December 7, at a ceremony held from 6-9 pm at The Royal Sonesta Harbor
Court Hotel, 550 Light Street, Baltimore, Maryland.
"Collin is not just a tremendous athlete and leader on the field, but an
MVP off the field as well, who repeatedly has been recognized for his
numerous contributions to the community," says John C. Unitas, Jr.,
President of The Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation. The
Golden Arm Award is presented annually by the Foundation and
Transamerica, a leading provider of innovative business and personal
As a player who will go down as one of the best in K-State history as
both a passer and runner, Klein ranks in the top 10 in school history in
rushing touchdowns (1st; 55), touchdown responsibility (1st; 4),
scoring (2nd; 336), total yards (3rd; 7,028), passing efficiency (3rd;
141.05), rushing attempts (3rd; 588), rushing yards (5th; 2,455),
completions (5th, 353), passing touchdowns (6th; 29), passing yards
(7th; 4,573) and pass attempts (8th; 572). His 55 rushing touchdowns
also rank fourth in Big 12 history and second among quarterbacks.
Former winners of the Golden Arm Award include Peyton Manning
(Tennessee, 1997), Eli Manning (Ole Miss, 2003), Matt Ryan (Boston
College, 2007), and Andrew Luck (Stanford, 2011).
Candidates for the Golden Arm Award must be completing college
eligibility or be a fourth-year junior, on schedule to graduate with his
class. Candidates are judged upon character, citizenship, scholastic
achievement, leadership qualities, and athletic accomplishments.
Proceeds from the Golden Arm Award help to support the Johnny Unitas
Golden Arm Educational Foundation. The Foundation provides financial
assistance to underprivileged and deserving young scholar-athletes
throughout Maryland and Kentucky.
The namesake of the Golden Arm Award has a storied history. Johnny
Unitas' career passing figures include 2,830 pass completions for 40,239
yards, 290 touchdowns and throwing a touchdown pass in 47 consecutive
For more information, visit: www.goldenarmfoundation.com
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