Michael Blair, Trinity College
Michael Blair, who graduated from the College this spring with a degree in history, is Trinity's recipient of the George Sheldon McCook Trophy as the College's Most Outstanding Senior Male Athlete. Blair, whose combination of excellence and versatility truly encompasses the philosophy of Division III athletics, earned nine varsity letters at Trinity and his list of honors and awards in each goes on and on.
He began his time at Trinity by winning the NESCAC Defensive Rookie of the Year Award as a defensive lineman in 2002. Blair played 32 football in his career and Trinity has won 31 of them, including the last 30. During that winning streak, Blair was named to the All-NESCAC Team three times, to the All-ECAC and All-New England teams twice, All-East Region once, and as the NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year in 2005. He was also selected as an All-American and represented the NESCAC in the 2005 Senior Aztec Bowl all-star game in Mexico. Blair closed his career as one of the best defensive players in the Trinity football annals.
As dominant as Blair was in football, his wrestling career goes down as the most successful on the mat at Trinity. As a freshman, he was the New England heavyweight champion and he successfully defended the title in each of the last three seasons. As a freshman, Blair placed seventh in the nation in his weight class to take All-American honors and took home that honor the next three years, including third-place performances in 2003 and 2004. He is the first wrestler in New England Division III history to earn All-American four times. Also an All-New England shot-putter during his freshman outdoor track and field season, Blair belongs on any list of outstanding student-athletes.