The Griddy Awards
The brainchild of Indiana Football Digest publisher, Paul Condry, The first Griddy’s Awards banquet was held for the first time in 2007 at the Indianapolis Colts® practice facility and pavilion. The event is designed to be a celebration of Indiana high school football and is considered to be like the Oscars and ESPY awards for football in Indiana.
Over 400 guests gather together every year to recognize the best players, coaches, and media representatives in Indiana high school football. The award recipients are chosen by a panel of media and coaches who review over 18,000 varsity players.
Indiana high school football is growing into a passion for the players and their families as well as the communities and schools across the state. The Griddy’s Awards carries on the tradition of recognizing the importance of Indiana high school football.
Paul Condry and his award winning team at Indiana Football Digest and Regional Radio Sports Network work diligently throughout the year gathering statistics, sportscasting games, and traveling to all 317 Indiana High School’s which have a football program.
Paul Condry meets every coach and their key players during his visits to the school Gathering profiles on some of Indiana’s premiere players is all part of the job of Indiana Football Digest. This information is seen by thousands in the annual publication of the Indiana Football Digest each Summer prior to the new season.
After the season is well underway and by December, the Griddys team members, including RRSN staff, IFD staff, The Indianapolis Colts, and High School coaches from around the state all weigh in on selecting the award winners. Invitations are sent out in January of the new year and the event is planned prior to April each year.
A typical evaluation of a player would include interviewing all coaches in a conference who compile a listing of players in their area which they believe are set apart… not only including their own schools, but those they compete against. In addition, the players who would be considered must have made at least two All-State teams.
Awards are given for many different categories, but the Prime-Time 25 showcase the state’s top juniors who will be entering their senior year. These Prime-Time 25 are usually on the watch list of several colleges and it is common that colleges send recruiters to this prestigious event to meet some of these elite juniors.
- State Finalist Honor Roll (Champions/Runner Up)
- Coach of the Year (Class 1A-6A)
- Offensive Coordinator of the Year (All Classes)
- Defensive Coordinator of the Year (All Classes)
- Big School All-State Honors (Class 4A-6A)
- Small School All-State Honors (Class 1A-3A)
- Prime-Time 25 Player (For next year’s cover of the Indiana Football Digest)
- Badge of Courage
- Lifetime Achievement (associated with FB in some way)
- Excellence in Football Media
- Player of the Year (Class 1A-6A)
In all, over 130 awards are presented each year to those who are nominated.
- 2 p.m. at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center
- Over 400 participants
- Photo Session/Video Interviews
- Banquet meal
- Guest Speaker
- Video Clips of Prime-Time 25 players
- Awards Presentation
- College recruiters (varies)
The details of the day’s events are provided in a keepsake program given to everyone in attendance.