The Paycom
Jim Thorpe


One of the most coveted honors in college football, the Paycom Jim Thorpe Award is presented to the best defensive back in collegiate athletics, based on performance on the field, athletic ability and character.


Fans will have until 5 p.m. CT on Oct. 18 to cast votes for their favorite player from the 2019 Paycom Jim Thorpe Award watchlist. The winner of the fan vote will be guaranteed a spot on the Paycom Jim Thorpe Award’s semifinalist list, announced on Oct. 21! Fans may vote once a day.

The Paycom Jim Thorpe Award is universally accepted as one of the nation's top collegiate sports honors and has become one of the most prestigious awards in college football. It is presented annually to the best defensive back in college football. In addition to performance on the field and athletic ability, the award also considers moral character. Each player's eligibility for the Paycom Jim Thorpe Award is subject to a thorough review of character. Candidates must be sufficient in this criteria in order to be eligible for consideration.


Given annually to college football’s top defensive back, the Paycom Jim Thorpe Award is one of the National College Football Awards Association’s most coveted honors. Established in 1986, the award recognizes performance on the field, athletic ability and character, in accordance with its namesake.

A native Oklahoman who excelled in several sports, Thorpe garnered many accolades, including two Olympic gold medals in track and field. During his football career, Thorpe played running back, punter and placekicker, but shined as a defensive back. One of the most versatile athletes in sports history, he was named the “greatest athlete” of the first half of the 20th century by the Associated Press.

As an Oklahoma company that celebrates innovation, Paycom is a proud sponsor of the Jim Thorpe Award, named for one of our state’s true trailblazers.

Past Winners

2018: Deandre Baker, Georgia