Allstate, AFCA Announce 2011 Good Works Team®



Emmanuel Acho in Nigeria

Texas' Emmanuel Acho in Nigeria.

College football’s pre-eminent community service award celebrates 20th year honoring student-athletes for their off-the-field accomplishments

 Today, Allstate Insurance Company (NYSE:ALL) 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 from across the country to the team.  Of the two 11-member teams, one comprises players competing in the NCAA® Football Bowl Subdivision and the other is a combined team representing the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II, III, and the 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.” 

The following players have been selected to the 2011 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®:

Football Bowl Subdivision

NameClass Position School Hometown
Robert Griffin Jr. QB Baylor Copperas Cove, Texas
Chris Potter Jr. WR Boise State Westlake Village, Calif.
Brian Lockridge Sr. RB Colorado Trabuco Canyon, Calif.
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, Calif.
Dayne Crist Sr. QB Notre Dame Canoga Park, Calif.
Matt Barkley Jr. QB Southern California Newport Beach, Calif.
Wayne Tribue Sr. OL Temple York, Pa.
Emmanuel Acho Sr. LB Texas Dallas, Texas

Football Championship Subdivision (I-AA), Divisions II, III, and NAIA

NameClass Position School Hometown
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 State 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.

Equally as remarkable as the service contributions of Allstate AFCA Good Works Teams of the past, 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 is 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." 

Fans will be able to vote for an Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® Captain by visiting ESPN.com and searching “Good Works”. By viewing the player profiles on the website, fans can learn more about this year’s team members and their selfless acts of kindness. The Team 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®

The 2011 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® voting panel includes several former Good Works Team members including former University of Pittsburgh quarterback Alex Van Pelt, former University of Georgia offensive lineman Matt Stinchcomb and former University of Notre Dame defensive lineman Grant Irons. ESPN personalities Lou Holtz, who also serves as the national ambassador for the program, and Rece Davis are also a part of the voting panel, joined by current AFCA president and Montana State University Head Coach Rob Ash, 1987 AFCA President and former Brigham Young University Head Coach LaVell Edwards and Allstate executive vice president Mark LaNeve. 

To celebrate the 20th year of the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®, Allstate has partnered with college sports website LostLettermen.com to host a series of Q&A interviews with Good Works Team® alumni during the 2011 season. To learn more about these past award recipients and where they are now, visit LostLettermen.com and click on the “Allstate” tab.

About Allstate

The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer known for its “You’re In Good Hands With Allstate®” slogan. Now celebrating its 80th anniversary as an insurer, Allstate is reinventing protection and retirement to help nearly 16 million households insure what they have today and better prepare for tomorrow. Consumers access Allstate insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives in the U.S. and Canada, as well as via www.allstate.com and 1-800 Allstate®.                                           

About the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® 

The Allstate AFCA Good Works Teams® were established in 1992 by the College Football Association, recognizing the extra efforts made by college football players and student support staff off the field.  AFCA became the governing body of the award in 1997 and continues to honor college football players who go the extra mile for those in need. Allstate partnered to present the award starting with the 2008 season.

Since 1992, the Southeastern Conference leads all conferences with 54 selections to the Good Works Teams®, followed by the Big 12 with 40 selections and the Atlantic Coast Conference with 29 selections. With Aron White's selection this year, Georgia moves into first place with 13 honorees to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. The Bulldogs are followed by Nebraska and St. Thomas (Minn.) with 12 honorees each. Super Bowl XLII and XLI champion quarterbacks Eli and Peyton Manning were members of the 2002 and 1997 Good Works Teams, respectively.