Ed Thomas Mr. Football Award

In early 2010, the Iowa Newspaper Association announced the creation of the Ed Thomas Mr. Football Award. In creating this award, the INA’s goal was to honor long-time Aplington-Parkersburg football coach Ed Thomas, by recognizing a high school football player who has demonstrated excellent performance on the football field and exemplary character in all aspects of life.

There are six nominees for the award each year; nominees are those named captains of their respective classes through INA All-State football team selection voting. Nominees complete an application and take part in face-to-face interviews with members of the Iowa Newspaper Association’s All-State Committee.

Award recipients are honored at their school's annual spring awards event. They receive a commemorative plaque and are featured in the Iowa Hall of Pride.

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Ed Thomas Mr. Football Award recognized in Iowa Hall of Pride

High school athletes who have received the INA’s prestigious Ed Thomas Mr. Football Award are now featured in an interactive kiosk at the Iowa Hall of Pride. The display includes information about the award as well as about the athletes who have received the honor to date.

The Iowa Hall of Pride, located in downtown Des Moines adjacent to the Iowa Events Center, is an interactive celebration to all that is good about Iowa. The people that are recognized at the Iowa Hall of Pride are former Iowa students who excelled in sports, on the stage, and as great ambassadors of their communities. 

Past Winners

2016 - Levi Jungling, Pella Christian
2015 - Noah Clayberg, Pella
2014 - Garret Jansen, Pella
2013 - Brandon Snyder, West Lyon
2012 - Andrew Wellik, Emmetsburg 
2011 - John Sievert, St. Ansgar High School 
2010 - Connor Bravard, Dowling Catholic