Owen Marecic travels to Kentucky to receive the Hornung Award

Owen Marecic
Owen Marecic

OWEN MARECIC was awarded the inaugural Paul Hornung Award at a ceremony in Louisville earlier this week.

Created by the Louisville Sports Commission, the Paul Hornung Award recognizes versatile, high-level performers in major college football to help preserve the legacy of one of Kentucky’s best-known athletes. A national selection committee of 16 sports journalists and former NFL stars votes for the winner.

A throwback to another era, the Cardinal senior started in all 13 Stanford games, nine on both sides of the ball, earning First Team All-Pac-10 honors at fullback and honorable mention at linebacker. He logged an average of 110 plays per game – equivalent to nearly two full seasons – and was the only two-way starting player among Football Bowl Subdivision teams in 2010. Marecic was named an American Football Coaches Association First Team All-American as the All-Purpose Player.

“I am honored to accept an award that commemorates Mr. Paul Hornung,” Marecic said. “Mr. Hornung epitomizes what it means to be a football player, not only with his talents and versatility but also with his devotion to his teammates and his drive to excel.”

Marecic, who will graduate with a degree in human biology, was already in the Southeast in Mobile, Ala., and was flown up following his morning practice for the Senior Bowl with Stanford teammates SIONE FUA and RICHARD SHERMAN.

Visit the athletics website for more information. See the profile of Marecic on the CBS News American Spirit website.