Video: On September 20, 2011, NCAA football players around the country were surprised with the news that they had been named to the 2011 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team.
Allstate Insurance Company and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) announced the 22 student-athletes named to the 2011 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, one of the most prestigious off-the-field honors in college football. For 20 years, the award has recognized a select group of college football players committed to making a difference in their communities.
A program record 132 players were nominated for the award this summer. From the nominations, a special voting panel, including former Allstate AFCA Good Works Team members and current college football broadcasters, selected 22 players to the team.
The team is comprised of 11 players from the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision and 11 players from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II, III and NAIA.
“For two decades this award has represented one of the great aspects of college football by shining a spotlight on the community involvement of its student-athletes,” said Mark LaNeve, Allstate executive vice president, marketing & sales operations, who also serves on the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team voting panel. “Allstate is proud to partner with the AFCA to present and grow awareness around this award and continues to be inspired by the commitment and dedication of its recipients.”
Congratulations to the following players on the 2011 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team:
Football Bowl Subdivision (I-A)
|Robert Griffin||Jr.||QB||Baylor||Copperas Cove, Tex.|
|Chris Potter||Jr.||WR||Boise State||Westlake Village, Cal.|
|Brian Lockridge||Sr.||RB||Colorado||Trabuco Canyon, Cal.|
|Aron White||Sr.||TE||Georgia||Columbia, Mo.|
|Jacob Lewellen||Jr.||DL||Kentucky||Louisville, Ky.|
|Jared Crick||Sr.||DL||Nebraska||Cozed, Neb.|
|Alexander Netter||Sr.||OL||Northwestern||Rohnert Park, Cal.|
|Dayne Crist||Sr.||QB||Notre Dame||Canoga Park, Cal.|
|Matt Barkley||Jr.||QB||Southern California||Newport Beach, Cal.|
|Wayne Tribue||Sr.||OL||Temple||York, Pa.|
|Emmanuel Acho||Sr.||LB||Texas||Dallas, Texas|
Football Championship Subdivision (I-AA), Divisions II, III and NAIA
|Byron Bell||Sr.||DL||Carson-Newman||Knoxville, Tenn.|
|Cory Nikkel||Sr.||TE||Central (Iowa)||Pella, Iowa|
|Jacob Heppner||Sr.||DB||Central Methodist||Mansfield, Mo.|
|Stoy Hall||Sr.||LB||Drake||Omaha, Neb.|
|David Melms||Jr.||DB||Macalester||Wauwatosa, Wis.|
|Kellen Cox||Jr.||WR||Missouri Southern St.||Mount Vernon, Mo.|
|Colby Rohde||Sr.||TE||Morningside||Wathena, Kan.|
|Justin Belotti||Sr.||DB||North Dakota||Kenosha, Wis.|
|Yaser Elqutub||Sr.||LB||Northwestern State||Katy, Texas|
|Matt Greenhalgh||Jr.||OL||Rhode Island||Chepachet, R.I.|
|Ricky McClain||Jr.||DL||SUNY Maritime||Wantagh, N.Y.|
This year’s roster boasts an impressive list of credentials promoting service and volunteerism. From donating bone marrow to a cancer patient to mentoring children home and abroad to playing the piano for hospital patients, the selfless acts of these 22 student-athletes prove that tackles and touchdowns do not have to come at the expense of greatness off the field.
"The tremendous community service activities these young student-athletes participate in are exceptional," said Grant Teaff, executive director of the American Football Coaches Association. "These 22 student-athletes have sacrificed their personal time in an attempt to make their communities a better place. We couldn’t be more proud to have these players make up the 20th Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. We are also proud to be partnered with Allstate in recognizing these outstanding student-athletes."
Visit ESPN.com to learn more about each of this year’s team members and their selfless acts of kindness. The captain and his fellow award recipients will be invited to New Orleans to take part in a special volunteer project leading up to the 2012 Allstate Sugar Bowl®.