Tom Timlin's exceptional football career at Carleton University was filled with honours and awards. He was twice named All-Canadian; four times Ontario-Québec Interuniversity Football Conference (OQIFC) All-Star; twice the team's Most Valuable Player. Other awards include team and OQIFC Rookie of the Year; the Canadian Interuniversity Athletics Union President's Trophy awarded to the top defensive player nationally; OQIFC Defensive Player of the Year, and Carleton's Male Athlete of the Year. His Carleton all-time career record for interceptions (14) still stands. In 1985 Tom captained Carleton's first championship football team. Perhaps Tom's greatest honour, however, was the retiring of his number (37), when he graduated; he is the only varsity football player to have been so recognized at Carleton.