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Rotary Lombardi Award Semifinalists Named

HOUSTON, TX - October 16, 2008 - One returning finalist and three returning semifinalists highlight the list of 12 se mifinalists for the 39th Rotary Lombardi Award, presented by Wachovia. The semifinalists were announced today at a kickoff event at SRO Sports Bar & Café. This year's award dinner will be held on December 10 at the Hilton Americas Hotel in Downtown Houston.

Linebacker James Laurinaitis of Ohio State returns to the semifinalist list after being chosen as one of the final four for the 38th Rotary Lombardi Award, which went to LSU's Glen n Dorsey. Also returning from last year's semifinalist list are California's Alex Mack, OU's Duke Robinson and USF's George Selvie.

Four offensive players and eight defensive players were named. The Big 12 Conference leads the pack with four players, followed by the SEC and Pac 10 with three each; the Big 10 and Big East have one each. The 12 semifinalists are:

Brian Cushing, Linebacker, Univer sity of Southern California

Auston English, Defensive End, University of Oklahoma

James Laurinaitis, Linebacker, The Ohio State University

Alex Mack, Offensive Lineman, University of California

Rey Maualuga, Linebacker, University of Southern California

Michael Oher, Offensive Tackle, University of Mississippi

Brian Orakpo, Defensive End, The University of Texas

Duke Robinson, Offensive Lineman, University of Oklahoma

George Selvie, Defensive End, University of South Florida

Andre Smith, Offensive Lineman, University of Alabama

Brandon Spikes, Linebacker, University of Florida

Sean W eatherspoon, Linebacker, University of Missouri

Founded in the weeks following the 1970 death from cancer of legendary football coach Vince Lombardi, the Rotary Lombardi Award has consistently delivered upon the mission set forth by Marie Lombardi when she granted the use of her late husband's name. Her only stipulation was that all net proceeds from the event be donated to the American Cancer Society. Millions of dollars have been raised since that time.

Founded in 1912, the Rotary Club of Houston, a service organization comprised of professional and community leaders, serves our community through its numerous public health, youth, international and local activities. Projects and events such as the Jesse H. Jones Rotary H ouse International, the Rotary Lombardi Award. the Distinguished Citizens Award, Camp Enterprise, Polio eradication and much more touch the lives of our global community