Established in 1987, the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation presents the award to the best senior college quarterback in the country. An 18-year veteran of the NFL, Unitas played his collegiate career at the University of Louisville (1951-54), passing for 3,007 yards and 27 touchdowns. Unitas, who were number 19 as a professional, had his No. 16 collegiate uniform retired at Louisville, the lone number retired by the Cardinals.

1987 -- Don McPherson, Syracuse
1988 -- Rodney Peete, USC
1989 -- Tony Rice, Notre Dame
1990 -- Craig Erickson, Miami
1991 -- Casey Weldon, Florida State
1992 -- Gino Torretta, Miami
1993 -- Charlie Ward, Florida State
1994 -- Jay Barker, Alabama
1995 -- Tommie Frazier, Nebraska
1996 -- Danny Wuerffel, Florida
1997 -- Peyton Manning, Tennessee
1998 -- Cade McNown, UCLA
1999 -- Chris Redman, Louisville
2000 -- Chris Weinke, Florida State
2001 -- David Carr, Fresno State
2002 -- Carson Palmer, USC
2003 -- Eli Manning, Mississippi
2004 -- Jason White, Oklahoma
2005 -- Matt Leinart, USC
2006 -- Brady Quinn, Notre Dame
2007 -- Matt Ryan, Boston College
2008 -- Graham Harrell, Texas Tech
2009 -- Colt McCoy, Texas
2010 -- Scott Tolzien, Wisconsin
2011 -- Andrew Luck, Stanford
2012 -- Collin Klein, Kansas State
2013 -- AJ McCarron, Alabama

Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award Finalists (1987-present):
Scott Frost, 1997 (Quarterback, 1996-97, Wood River, Neb.)
Eric Crouch, 2001 (Quarterback, 1998-2001, Omaha, Neb.)