Reed Earns Wiesner Award|
Aug. 24, 2012
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - Before UNLV's season-opening game on Thursday vs. Minnesota, senior tight end/H-back Aaron Reed will be recognized as this year's recipient of the Tom Wiesner Award and will have the honor of wearing the Wiesner Jersey throughout the 2012 season.
The second Rebel tight end and first non-scholarship player to earn the honor, Reed is back for his final year after missing all of 2011 with an injury. The Las Vegas native graduated from Silverado High School in 2008 before walking on to his hometown team. He played in both 2009 and 2010 and picked up his first career reception in a game at West Virginia.
The award, which debuted in 2002 and is voted on by the coaching staff and senior class, was created to honor one Rebel senior that best exemplifies the late Mr. Wiesner's courage, enthusiasm, dedication and toughness.
A Wisconsin native and three-time letterman on the Badger football team, Mr. Wiesner sought his fortune out West and became one of the Las Vegas' leading businessmen, philanthropists, politicians and ambassadors. The founder of the successful restaurants that are part of Big Dog's Hospitality Group, Mr. Wiesner helped guide Rebel Athletics from their infancy and was inducted into the UNLV Athletics Hall of Fame as a Distinguished Contributor in 1994. Also a member of the Nevada Board of Regents, he died in 2002 at the age of 63 after a battle with Leukemia.
ALL-TIME WIESNER AWARD WINNERS YEAR PLAYER POS 2002 Tony Terrell OL 2003 Dominic Furio OL 2004 Jamaal Brimmer DB 2005 Joe Miklos DB 2006 Erick Jackson RB 2007 Chris Butler TE 2008 Jacob Hales DL 2009 Ryan Wolfe WR 2010 Isaako Aaitui DL 2011 Bryce Saldi LB 2012 Aaron Reed TE/H