DALLAS – Is there another Robert Griffin III or Quizz Rodgers at a Texas high school this year?
Griffin and Rodgers are among past winners over seven years of the Built Ford Tough Texas High School Football Player of the Week program which kicks-off this weekend across the state of Texas.
Throughout the 2012 regular season, Ford Motor Company will recognize six outstanding student-athletes each week through the program that invites fans, coaches and Texas media to pay tribute to players who demonstrate toughness, sportsmanlike conduct and scholarship throughout the high school football season.
“The Ford player of the week program has honored hundreds of outstanding Texas high school football players who have gone on to play at the college and professional level. Ford is honored to recognize these outstanding Texas athletes,” said Philip Podgorny, Ford’s Sales and Marketing Manager of the Central Market Area. “Texans love high school football, and their trucks. Ford is proud that the best-selling truck in Texas is the F-150 and that our high school athletes excel, both on and off the field.”
If history is any indication, year seven of the Built Ford Tough Texas High School Football Player of the Week and Player of the Year program should again produce outstanding young men who succeed on the field, in the classroom and in the community.
Among recent alumni are Heisman Trophy winner and Washington Redskins starting quarterback Robert Griffin III, Atlanta Falcons running back Quizz Rodgers, Texas A&M starting quarterback Johnny Manziel, Nebraska's Big 10 Player of the Year candidate Rex Burkhead, SMU's starting quarterback Garrett Gilbert, and the nation's most-watched freshman running back Johnathan Gray of UT, the only two-time Built Ford Tough Texas HS Football Player of the Year.
Again this fall, fans can nominate their favorite players at playeroftheweek.com, a web site that allows visitors to catch up with weekly winners, view video clips of players in action and get the latest program details.
Additionally, fans can keep up with award winners through a weekly television show. Ford and Texas Ford Dealers are teaming up with Fox Sports Southwest to send television crews into communities across the state to shine the spotlight on players who excel on the field, in the classroom and in their communities. The half-hour Built Ford Tough Texas High School Football Player of the Week program airs Saturday at 8:30 a.m. for 12 weeks beginning September 1.
Ford Player of the Week Program: How it Works
The Built Ford Tough Texas High School Football Player of the Week program will recognize one high school student-athlete in six of the state’s athletic classifications every week of the regular season of the 2012 Texas high school football schedule. They are selected based upon their individual performance on the field, their contribution to the team and their success in the classroom.
Throughout the 2012 football season, fans can nominate any player who takes the field for the Player of the Week Award, as long as they excel in three categories:
• Individual performance on the field, including significant statistics from that week’s game;
• Contribution to the team’s success through their individual leadership abilities;
• Performance off the field of play, including academic success and good community citizenship.
At the conclusion of the 10-week regular season, Ford and its advisory board will select one student-athlete from the ten weekly winners to be the Built Ford Tough Texas High School Football Player of the Year in each classification. Following the championship games, honorees will once again be recognized at a statewide banquet event.
During the 2011 season, 60 outstanding student-athletes received Built Ford Tough Texas High School Football Players of the Week trophies. At season’s end, the following players who excelled on the field, in the classroom and in their communities were named as the Built Ford Tough Texas High School Football Players of the Year:
• Class 5-A: Trey Williams, Sr., RB, Spring Dekaney
• Class 4-A: Johnathan Gray, Sr., RB, Aledo
• Class 3-A: Joseph Sadler, Sr., RB/P/K/DB, Devine
• Class 2-A: Trent Brittain, Sr., QB/P, Eastland
• Class 1-A: David Mora, Sr., RB, Mason
• Private Schools: Ford Childress, Sr., QB, Houston Kinkaid
Ford F-Series: The Truck of Texas
Ford is the undisputed truck leader in Texas. The F-Series sets the standard for full-size pickups with best-in-class payload, towing, interior roominess, strength and reliability. The Texas Association of Auto Writers named the F-150 the 2012 Truck of Texas. No truck is tougher, and Ford is proud to recognize the Built Ford Tough Texas High School Football Players of the Week.