Museum event will feature Wuerffel Trophy winner

One of college football’s top individual awards, the Wuerffel Trophy, and an LSU standout who was the 2005 recipient, Rudy Niswanger, will be at the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum in Natchitoches Wednesday, Nov. 2 from 5-6:30 p.m.

The event is a Natchitoches Area Chamber of Commerce “After Hours” event.  The evening includes free admission to the museum with a wine and cheese reception co-sponsored by FLASH (Friends of Louisiana Sports and History) and the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Foundation.

During the event the Wuerffel Trophy will be on display and Niswanger will greet visitors along with Northwestern State alumnus and former Demon golfer Tom Brassell, the executive director of the Wuerffel Trophy.

The Wuerffel Trophy, known as “College Football’s Premier Award for Community Service,” is presented annually by the All Sports Association in Fort Walton Beach. Named after 1996 Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Danny Wuerffel, from the University of Florida, the Wuerffel Trophy is awarded to the player who best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement.

Niswanger, a Monroe native, was a 2005 LSU team captain and a second-team All-Southeastern Conference selection. Along with winning the Wuerffel Trophy, he was awarded the Draddy Trophy, now known as the William V. Campbell Trophy, given by the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame to the college senior who best combines academic achievement, community service and on-field performance.

He played for the Kansas City Chiefs from 2006-10, starting 31 of 56 games in his pro career.

Niswanger will make brief remarks around 5:45-6 p.m.

His appearance comes during the week the LSU football team hosts Alabama in a prime-time contest Saturday night in Tiger Stadium.