The first individual trophy in CSU history was established in 1929 by William and Elwood Nye, both former Aggie athletes. The Nye Trophy is awarded to the most outstanding male athlete every year and has become the most coveted trophy given out on an annual basis. Elwood Nye ran on Harry Hughes' first track team in 1911-12 and graduated with his doctor of veterinary medicine in 1914. His younger brother William ran on the track team and was a member of the 1915 and 1919 conference championship football teams, he graduated with his DVM in 1920.
Colonel Elwood Nye spent 29 years with the United States Army veterinary corps, beginning his service in 1917 when the United States entered into WWI. He served in the US Army Calvary in WWI and also in WWII. Elwood also taught at CSU for several years. After Elwood's retirement from the army in 1946, he taught bacteriology and pathology as an associate professor on the faculty at CSU Veterinary College.
His brother William enlisted in the US Army in WWI and was stationed at Fort Collins with rank of Drill Sergeant. Prior to his enlistment he served on the Mexican Border. He served in WWII, with retiring with rank of Major in the US Army Chemical Warfare Services. At CSU besides football, he ran track and also was the school's first boxing coach. William, also a veterinarian, spent most of his life in Idaho and Montana.
Both brothers supported Colorado Aggies athletics in every way possible and in 1929 decided to establish the Nye Trophy Award. They continued to come back to the school each year to personally present the award until their deaths, William died in 1965 at the age of 70 and Elwood died in 1975 at the age of 83.
NYE TROPHY AWARD WINNERS
|2014||Trevor Brown||Track & Field|
|Bradlee Van Pelt||Football|
|1981||Kevin Sheesley||Wrestling & Football|
|1950||Thurman "Fum" McGraw||Football|
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