Posted: Jun 6, 2013 2:02 PM by Tom Casselman
Updated: Jun 7, 2013 10:52 AM
COLUMBIA - Former Missouri quarterback and safety Dennie Poppe has received a prestigious reward from the National Football Foundation.
The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) announced today that NCAA Vice President of Championships and Alliances Dennie Poppe has been named recipient of the 2013 NFF Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football Award.
First presented in 1974, the NFF Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football Award provides national recognition to those whose efforts to support the NFF and its goals have been local in nature or who have made significant contributions to the game of football either to the manner in which it is played and coached or to the manner in which it is enjoyed by spectators. Poppe becomes the 37th recipient of the award.
Poppe played quarterback for the Tigers as a freshman in 1966, Poppe received a new assignment from his Hall of Fame coach Dan Devine to play safety. Poppe excelled at his new position and earned letters the next three seasons and appeared in the 1968 Gator Bowl and the 1970 Orange Bowl. During his senior season in 1969, he pulled in six interceptions, which merited All-Big Eight Conference accolades as the Tigers went 9-2.