Luis Perez nominated for Allstate AFCA Good Works Team
WACO – Texas A&M University-Commerce announced redshirt senior quarterback Luis Perez as one of 146 nominees for the 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®, one of the most prestigious off-the-field honors in college football.
Perez is one of 70 scholar-athletes from the Combined Divisions (FCS, Division II, Division III, & NAIA) vying for 11 spots on the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®. Since 1992, the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® has brought together a select group of college football players from across the country to honor their dedication to volunteerism and to enrich the lives of others. Players receive recognization on game day for their accomplishments and achievements on game day, these student-athletes have made significant contributions to the greater good of society, inspiring future generations of young athletes and the larger college football community.
In 2016-17, Perez contributed 32 hours of community service and engagement in the City of Commerce and on the A&M-Commerce campus. He is also a representative on the A&M-Commerce Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, which ranked near the top of Division II in community service and engagement during the 2016-17 academic year. These events have included “Education Days” on campus. That is where student-athletes have hosted elementary school students at events, the Clothe-A-Child clothing drive, the Feed My Starving Children food drive, the A&M-Commerce Holiday Market, and the City of Commerce “Big Event” spring cleanup. That is the largest community service event in the City of Commerce. Also, children’s football camps, assisting with various athletics events on campus and reading to children at Commerce Elementary School.
Perez is a real leader on the team and is also a true student-athlete. He carries a stellar grade point average while majoring in Global E-Learning. He has been named to the Lone Star Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll three times, the A&M-Commerce Dean’s List once, the Athletics Director’s List (3.5-3.99 term GPA) twice, and to the Lion Honor Roll (3.0-3.49 term GPA) three times.
On the field in 2016, Perez was a First Team All-Lone Star Conference selection and Don Hansen’s Football Gazette, an honorable mention All-American, becoming the first A&M-Commerce QB named first team all-LSC in 19 years. He was nominated for the Harlon Hill Trophy, awarded to the Division II College Football Player of the Year, leading the Lone Star Conference with 3,326 passing yards and 277.2 yards per game, and becoming just the third player in school history to throw for at least 3,000 yards. He helped lead the conference-leading offense to 39.8 points per game and threw only five interceptions, which led the conference for fewest giveaways. He threw for more than 300 yards five different times, including a career-high 396 yards against Panhandle State. He also threw for three or more touchdowns in six different games, including a career-high five TD passes against both Eastern New Mexico and UT Permian Basin.
Perez is one of two Lone Star Conference student-athletes nominated, one of 10 from institutions in the state of Texas, and one of 20 student-athletes from Division II.
“Allstate is immensely honored to partner with the AFCA for the 10th year. It pays tribute to these players and their off-the-field ‘good works’ that often go unnoticed and unrewarded,” said Thomas Clarkson, president of the western territory for Allstate Insurance Company and a member of the 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® voting panel. “The individuals nominated to the 2017 Good Works Team® are making a positive impact and uniting communities across the country through service, showing what’s possible when you put all hands in and give back.”
The student-athletes nominated for this esteemed award embody the true spirit of teamwork and selflessness, donating their limited free time to helping and serving others. From founding a non-profit that helps orphans secure jobs in the workforce to raising funds and awareness for childhood cancer research, the 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® nominees may wear different jerseys on the field, but they all exemplify a superior commitment to giving back off of it.
“After looking at the bios of the 146 nominees we received for 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, it shows that there are great football student-athletes all over this country. They just don’t care what happens between the sidelines, but they also care about their community and giving back to others,” Todd Berry, AFCA Executive Director said. “The AFCA has been proud to partner with Allstate these past ten years to honor football players who give more of themselves to help others in need.”
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. 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 2017 Good Works Team®. Two-time national champion, Heisman Trophy winner and 2009 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® member Tim Tebow will headline the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® voting panel.
“As a former Good Works Team member, I’m proud to join Allstate for the second year in a row to recognize student-athletes who share my passion for making a difference,” says Tebow. “This award shines a light on the good works players are doing off the field and in the community, and the lives that they’re changing.”
In addition to Tebow and Clarkson, the 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® selection panel members include following. 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) and Wes Counts (Middle Tennessee State, 1999 team). Also media members Kirk Herbstreit (ESPN), Blair Kerkhoff (Kansas City Star) and Paul Myerberg (USA TODAY); current AFCA President and University of Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez; 2001 AFCA President and current athletic director at Virginia Union University Joe Taylor.
Once Allstate announces the final team members in September, college football fans are encouraged to visit the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® website on ESPN.com, featuring profiles and images of the players, for the opportunity to vote for the 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® Captain. Throughout the season, fans can also follow along and join in on the conversation by searching and using #GoodWorksTeam on their social media channels.
Meeting the criteria set forth by Allstate and the AFCA, each player must be actively involved with a charitable organization or service group while maintaining a strong academic standing.
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About the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®
The Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® was 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 continued to honor college football players who go the extra mile for those in need. Allstate worked to present the award starting with the 2008 season.
The SEC leads all conferences with 67 selections to the Good Works Team since it began in 1992. The Atlantic Coast Conference with 34 selections and the Big 12 Conference with 30 selections follows the SEC. Georgia is in first place with 17 honorees to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. ® Nebraska with 14 honorees follows the Bulldogs. Super Bowl XLII, XLVI and XLI champion quarterbacks Eli and Peyton Manning were members of the 2002 and 1997 Good Works Teams®, respectively.
The AFCA was founded in 1922 and currently has more than 11,000 members around the world ranging from the high school level to the professional ranks. According to its constitution, the AFCA was formed, in part, to “maintain the highest possible standards in football and the coaching profession” and to “provide a forum for the discussion and study of all matters about football.”