July 22, 2013

Jake Fishburn Named Allstate AFCA Good Works Team Nominee

(WACO, Texas) - Thomas More College senior defensive back Jake Fishburn (Cincinnati, Ohio/Elder) has been named a nominee for the 2013 Allstate American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Good Works Team.

The award recognizes a select group of collegiate football players who have made a commitment to enriching the lives of others while contributing to the greater good of their communities.

Fishburn, a sports and entertainment marketing major, has served as a volunteer with the Special Olympics of Northern Kentucky, the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation (a program to improve the quality of life for children with pediatric brain tumors and their families by pairing them with college and high school athletic teams), the Pray~Hope~Believe Foundation (established to honor the memory of Tony Merk, a six-year-old boy who died on July 4, 2011 after an almost three-year battle with brain cancer) and participated in Thomas More's Relay for Life event.

On the field last season, Fishburn had 42 tackles (29 solo, 13 assisted), including one sack, three tackles for a loss and had one interception and two fumble recoveries.

Since 1992, the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® has honored college football players at all levels of the sport for their selfless acts of giving back to the community and off-the-field achievements. These student-athletes represent the sport's finest in the areas of volunteerism and leadership amongst their peers.

While tackles and touchdowns earn accolades on-the-field, the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® shines a light on the stories of good taking place outside the sport of football that often go unnoticed. It is those student-athletes who have dedicated countless hours towards helping others who have been nominated by their respective colleges and universities for this prestigious honor.

In order to meet the criteria set forth by Allstate and the AFCA, each player must be actively involved and committed to working with a charitable organization, service group or community service while maintaining a strong academic standing.

From the nominees submitted by sports information directors across the nation on behalf of their schools, a special voting panel consisting of former Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® members and prominent college football media members will select the 2013 Good Works Team.® Comprised of 11 players from the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision and 11 players from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II, III, and the NAIA, the final roster of 22 award recipients will be unveiled in September.

Allstate and the AFCA will launch the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® website on ESPN.com, featuring profiles and images of the final team members, as well as the opportunity for fans to vote for the 2013 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® Captain.

The 2013 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® voting panel includes: former Good Works Team® members Zaid Abdul-Aleem (Duke, 1994 team), Matt Stinchcomb (Georgia, 1997, 1998 teams), Brian Brenberg (St. Thomas, 2001 team), Mike Proman (Amherst, 2002 team); media members Lou Holtz (ESPN), Kirk Herbstreit (ESPN), Tom O'Toole (USA Today), Blair Kerkhoff (Kansas City Star); current AFCA President and University of Texas Head Coach Mack Brown; 1987 AFCA President LaVell Edwards, former head coach at Brigham Young University; and Cynthia Whitfield, field vice president of Allstate's Southern Region.