By Dave Pearce
On March 17, North Posey High School seniors Nick Neidig and Wes Harness were each awarded a 2012 Griddy by the Indianapolis Colts and the Indiana Gridiron Digest. The honorees were recognized in a ceremony at the Colts Headquarters and Practice facility. Each year only 50 of Indiana’s best football players are recognized for success both on and off the field.
This event is considered the Oscars® or ESPY’s® of football in Indiana. These award recipients are chosen after a panel of media and coaches review over 18,000 varsity players in Indiana.
The Griddy Awards were held for the first time in 2007, at the Indianapolis Colts® practice facilities and pavillion in Indianapolis. Although it was the first year, the concept started well before that first event.
Indiana High School Football authority, Paul Condry, and his team at the Indiana Football Digest as well as Regional Radio Sports Network collaborated with the Colts organization as well High School coaches to create a celebration of Indiana High School Football once per year. This event would become the Oscars® or ESPY’s® of football in Indiana.
Each year, over 400 attendees to this banquet and award ceremony gather together to recognize the best players, coaches, and media representatives in Indiana High School Football. These award recipients are chosen after a panel of media and coaches review over 18,000 varsity players in Indiana.
Football in Indiana is the passion of student athletes and their families, communities and schools from North to South and East to West. The sport has been played in Indiana since the 1880′s and the Griddy Awards carries on the tradition of recognizing the importance of the team sport of football in Indiana High Schools.
Players, coaches, and media members who support Indiana High School football are eligible to receive a Griddy. Although many players may demonstrate on-field skills and stats, this is not the primary criteria for consideration. While the formula isn’t always an exact science based on stats or a computer data analysis, it does include invaluable qualifications like character, community involvment, team leadership, and a plethora of other non-skill related assets.
A typical evaluation of a player would include interviewing all coaches in a conference who compile a listing of players in their area which they believe are set apart… not only including their own schools, but those they compete against. In addition, the players who would be considered must have made at least two All-State teams.