BATON ROUGE -- LSU senior Rudy Niswanger is one of 15 football players from across the country who will be in New York City on Tuesday to participate in the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame and Awards Dinner, which is being held at the historic Waldorf Astoria in Manhattan.
Niswanger, a native of Monroe, La., is also a finalist for the Draddy Award, which goes to the top student-athlete in college football. The Draddy Award, commonly known as the "Academic Heisman" will be announced at the dinner on Tuesday night.
Last week, Niswanger was named the inaugural recipient of the Wuerffel Trophy and then a day later, he was named to the ESPN the Magazine First-Team Academic All-America squad.
In the classroom, Niswanger graduated in May with a 4.0 grade point average in kinesiology with an emphasis in pre-medicine. He's already been accepted to the LSU Medical School in Shreveport after scoring a 33 on the MCAT, which ranked among the top eight percent nationally.
Niswanger started 11 of LSU's 12 games in 2005 helping the Tigers to a 10-2 overall mark and a berth in the Southeastern Conference Championship Game. Niswanger will play one final game in an LSU uniform as the center will lead the 10th-ranked Tigers against ninth-ranked Miami in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl on Dec. 30 in Atlanta.
Fans can watch the 48th National Football Foundation Annual Awards Dinner on Internet at cstv.com starting at 6:30 p.m. CST on Tuesday, December 6.
The broadcast will include the induction of the 2005 Division I-A College Football Hall of Fame Class and the presentation of the 2005 National Scholar-Athlete Awards and the Draddy Trophy.