Former UH Football great earns NCAA Silver Anniversary Award

Jason Elam // AP

INDIANAPOLIS – Former University of Hawai’i football player Jason Elam, who later became a three-time All-Pro and two-time Super Bowl champion with the Denver Broncos, is one of six former student-athletes named recipients of the 2018 NCAA Silver Anniversary Award.

Elam and the five other winners will be recognized at the Honors Celebration during the NCAA Convention in Indianapolis on January 17.

The Silver Anniversary Award annually recognizes six distinguished former student-athletes on the 25th anniversary of the conclusion of their college athletics careers. The award is based on collegiate and professional accomplishments, as well as contributions to professional organizations, and charitable and civic activities.

In addition to Elam, the other recipients are: Julie Foudy (Stanford), Jim Hansen (Colorado), Nnenna Lynch (Villanova), David Morrow (Princeton) and Lance Pilch (Air Force).

Elam is the third UH student-athlete to be recognized in the last decade. The other UH recipients are former UH swimmer Maureen O’Toole (2010) and former Rainbow Wahine volleyball and basketball player Deitre Collins (2009).

Collegiate achievements

  • First-team All-American
  • Second-team Academic All-American
  • Four-time All-WAC selection
  • Four-time Academic All-WAC selection
  • Male recipient of the 1992 Stan Bates Award, presented to the WAC’s top scholar-athlete
  • Helped UH to its first WAC championship its first bowl win, and its first end-of-year national ranking.
  • Finished career as the school’s and conference’s all-time leading scorer with 395 points
  • Holds the school record for longest field goal at 56 yards
  • Made 91 straight extra points
  • UH Circle of Honor inductee (2002)

Professional Achievements

  • A third-round NFL draft pick of the Denver Broncos
  • Enjoyed a 17-year NFL career
  • A two-time Super Bowl champion
  • A three-time All-Pro and Pro Bowl selection.
  • Remains the Broncos’ all-time leading scorer with 1,786 career points
  • Holds the NFL record for second-longest field goal (63 yards) and second-longest field goal in Super Bowl history (51 yards).
  • Denver Broncos Ring of Fame inductee

Professional and civic contributions

  • Has authored four novels
  • Works as the director of Israel for E3 Partners/I Am Second Ministries
  • Coordinates, recruits and supports mission trips assisting Palestinians, Israelis and other nationals so they can evangelize and establish churches in their regions.
  • Served on the board of directors for Chosen People Ministries and Arctic Barnabas Ministries.
  • Twice joined the U.S. military Super Bowl morale tour, once in Kosovo and once in Kuwait.

 

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