Roddy Jones nominated for Wooden Cup

Former Georgia Tech football player Roddy Jones has been nominated for an award recognizing leadership, character and contribution to sport and society. Jones is one of five collegiate finalists for the Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup, named after UCLA coaching legend John Wooden. The cup will be awarded April 25 at the Fox Theatre. The other finalists are Notre Dame baseball player Tommy Chase, Yale ice hockey player Aleca Hughes, Kentucky distance runner Josh Nadzam and Miami (Ohio) ice hockey player Cody Reichard. Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt will be the professional recipient of the Wooden Cup, given by the non-profit Athletes for a Better World, which is based in Atlanta.

The selection committee is chaired by former Georgia coach Vince Dooley.

Past winners include Dikembe Mutombo, Cal Ripken Jr., Tim Tebow, Peyton Manning and John Smoltz.

41 comments Add your comment


March 13th, 2012
10:03 pm

Congratulations to Roddy!
Tech fans are very proud of you, Roddy.
You have always represented Ga Tech well.
Thank you.


March 13th, 2012
10:18 pm

Roddy is great guy, hope he wins

FL Jacket

March 13th, 2012
10:32 pm

Good job Roddy! And a special thanks to reminding us what’s good about Tech…

GT Grad

March 13th, 2012
10:42 pm

Really happy for him!

Tech Fan Since 1950

March 13th, 2012
11:13 pm

Congratulations Roddy! You are most deserving and have certainly represented Atlanta, the state of Georgia and our nation so well over these last few years. I know you are also going to have a great future in whatever you do.

Biff Pocoroba

March 13th, 2012
11:37 pm

I thought that Glen Rice Jr would win this one but Roddy is a great choice also.


March 14th, 2012
1:42 am

honestly, Roddy should win this hands down but when I saw who is chairman, all I can think of is that the fix is on


March 14th, 2012
6:32 am

There has been no greater representative of the Institute recently than Roddy, at least not that I can think of. Matt Harpring maybe?

With all of the “crap” coming out lately from the two major college sports programs locally, Roddy is certainly a breath of fresh air! Good luck Mr Jones.

Tokyo jacket

March 14th, 2012
7:42 am

Roddy has been a great ambassador for Tech and continues to be one as well. I love having stories like this instead of DUI or drive by.


March 14th, 2012
7:42 am

roddy is the man and has been for the past 4 years he deserves to win


March 14th, 2012
8:02 am

Congratulations to Roddy on all the well deserved accolades.


March 14th, 2012
8:32 am

Congratulations, Roddy!

Maryland Jacket

March 14th, 2012
8:49 am

Congratulations Mr. Jones!


March 14th, 2012
9:02 am

Way to go @MazerRoddy !!


Robert Barron

March 14th, 2012
9:07 am

Roddy has maturity way beyond his years.
Sure hope he wins.

George Stein

March 14th, 2012
9:45 am

Great job, Roddy.

Fan of GT Players

March 14th, 2012
10:01 am

So cool…so classy…so humble…so deserving. Congratulations Roddy! You have redefined the word “legacy” at GT!


March 14th, 2012
10:14 am

Way to go Roddy.

….how did Dooley get associated with this?

This is about character.

Supersize that order, mutt

March 14th, 2012
10:22 am

RAMBLE ON!!! I agree. How can Dooley’s name even be mentioned in the same sentence with that of Wooden, Ripken, Tebow, Manning, and Smoltz?

Not Disappointed!

March 14th, 2012
10:34 am

Go Roddy!
Ramblin Wreck for life!

Chamblee's Pride

March 14th, 2012
10:37 am

Chamblee Charter High School is very proud of Roddy Jones and all that he does, and continues to do.

btw……Roddy still returns to Chamblee, at least once a year to touch base with his old teachers, and staff members


March 14th, 2012
10:45 am

Roddy has a great last name too!!!

Alabama Jack

March 14th, 2012
11:03 am

If I recall correctly Vince Dooley was the first recipient of the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award. I know he whupped up on us, but all in all, a classy guy. I was fortunate to meet both Coach Dodd and Coach Dooley and was impressed by both. I also met Pepper Rodgers, but that is a whole ‘nother story.

Teddy Roosevelt

March 14th, 2012
11:35 am

Win or lose you’ve always been a great representative of the Institute. Thank you for your time here, and I’m looking forward to seeing you play on Sundays.


March 14th, 2012
12:10 pm

Great news for Roddy.

I'm Just Saying

March 14th, 2012
1:10 pm

Ours get nominated for prestigious awards like the Wooden Cup…theirs get nominated for parole for possesion…a difference in class and character that speaks volumes.


March 14th, 2012
1:26 pm

Let’s not get carried away. Ours also get kicked off teams for being associated with shooting incidents.

Ann Pruitt

March 14th, 2012
1:36 pm

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Ann Pruitt

March 14th, 2012
1:42 pm

What a well deserved nomination to a fabulous young man! Roddy was outstanding in my 5th grade classroom. I have followed his growth through the years at Chamblee High and Georgia Tech. I could not be a prouder–and this is coming from a died in the wool, bleeds Red and Black Georgia Bulldog.


March 14th, 2012
1:47 pm

Way go go, Roddy! You are a very well deserving young man that made us proud everytime you took the field and for what you did off the field.


March 14th, 2012
1:51 pm

It is a good thing that Vince Dooley is one the selection committee. Vince was asked where he developed his coaching style. His answer will surprise some!

He stated that he would study the best coaches available and try to use their philosophies in his coaching at UGA. The two coaches he chose to study were Bobby Dodd and Bear Bryant.

Rodney Kent

GT in SC

March 14th, 2012
1:55 pm

Congrats Roddy!


March 14th, 2012
1:56 pm

Way to go, Roddy. You are the model for what young athletes should aspire to become. A well-rounded student and person who places an importance in others before the sport that you are gifted to play.


March 14th, 2012
3:51 pm

Roddy Jones is a class act all the way around – Tech should be proud to have him serve as a representative of their football program.


March 14th, 2012
4:09 pm

Thank you, Roddy, for what you have done for Gerogia Tech on the football field and in the community. You and your family are known to be very classy. Congratulations!


March 14th, 2012
5:51 pm

Way to go Roddy! What a great honor for a great guy! I am happy for you!


March 14th, 2012
8:06 pm


Just being a finalist is a tremendous accomplishment. Hope you win. But, you have been a leader and a real credit to Georgia Tech. Your success on the field is outstanding but your success as an individual is outstanding.

Well done young man.

NCAA Stinks like rotten Tuna

March 14th, 2012
8:42 pm

Congratulations to The Man who Beat Georgia!

GT Girl

March 15th, 2012
10:25 am

Praying Roddy Jones wins! He is such a wonderful, classy and caring young man! Congratulations Roddy! The Tech World hopes you win! (Maybe Vince will give us a break and vote for Roddy)

Good Luck

March 15th, 2012
4:11 pm

Roddy Jones! God Bless!


March 19th, 2012
6:23 am

your runs against the dawgs will never be forgotten! congrats #20, bring home the wooden!