(CBS Connecticut) — The UConn Club has awarded its annual Red O’Neill Award to former Huskies football player Ken Sweitzer.  Sweitzer played wide receiver, quarterback and punter for the football Huskies and was named Yankee Conference Offensive Player of the Year in 1981.

The award is given each year to a former UConn student-athlete who goes on to a distinguished post-college career.   It is named after 1925 UConn graduate and former football player Martin “Red” O’Neill,  who went on to a successful career in medicine.

Switzer,  who held 18 different school records at the end of his football career at UConn, signed as a free agent with the Dallas Cowboys following his senior year.

He is the owner of Sweitzer Insurance in Old Saybrook.

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