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BRONX, N.Y. — Jake Miller-Tolt (Sr., Manahattan Beach, Calif./Mira Costa) concludes his tenure at Fordham University with the highest honor presented by the Rams’ Department of Athletics as he earns recognition as the 2020 Vincent T. Lombardi Male Athlete of the Year.

Presented during Fordham’s Block F Award Dinner, which was held virtually due to the COVID-10 outbreak, the award, Miller-Tolt’s selection caps off a Hall of Fame caliber career in the Bronx.

The Vincent T. Lombardi Award is presented to the Male Athlete of the Year for distinguished athletic achievements in the winning tradition of Vince Lombardi.  The award honors the memory of one of Fordham’s famed Seven Blocks of Granite, who is considered to be one of football’s greatest coaches. Lombardi is best known as the head coach of the Green Bay Packers during the 1960s, where he led the team to three straight and five total National Football League (NFL) Championships in seven years, in addition to winning the first two Super Bowls at the conclusion of the 1966 and 1967 NFL seasons.   For his performance, the NFL named the Super Bowl trophy in his honor.

A two-time Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC) Honorable Mention All-America selection (2018, 2019), a three-time Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference (MAWPC) First Team All-Conference honoree (2017, 2018, 2019) and a four-time All-Conference selection with Second Team status as a freshman in 2016, Miller-Tolt is arguably the best player in the modern era of Fordham water polo.

He established the school record for goals in a season with a career-high 114 as a senior to crack the 100-goal mark for the second time in his career after putting up a 104 as a junior in 2018.

Miller-Tolt graduates from Fordham as the modern leader in goals (351), assists (220), points (571), steals (296) and field blocks (71) in 123 career games.


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