NORTHBROOK, Ill., Dec. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Seated among the best of the best in college football, nationally recognized players all in contention for the sport's top performance awards, it was Henderson State University quarterback Kevin Rodgers who was honored by Allstate Insurance Company and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) for his work in the community and his commitment to serving others during The Home Depot College Football Awards on Dec. 12.
Rodgers, a junior for the Division II Reddies, was voted by college football fans as captain of the 2013 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®, one of the most prestigious off-the-field honors in college football. Of 150 nominees, Rodgers was announced to the team in September along with 21 other players for his charitable achievements at Henderson State, and since received the most fan votes on ESPN.com to earn team captaincy.
"Each year, the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® recognizes an outstanding group of players that, through their dedication to contributing to the greater good of their communities, help to protect the integrity of college football," said Cynthia Whitfield, field senior vice president of Allstate's Southern region and a member of the 2013 voting panel. "Kevin and his deeply rooted commitment to serving others embody everything that the Good Works Team stands for, and Allstate together with the AFCA is proud to have him as our 2013 team captain."
An All-American player from Rockwall, Texas, Rodgers has been involved with numerous charitable efforts during his time at Henderson State, including traveling to Panama City, Fla., in support of the Baptist Collegiate Ministries "Beach Reach" mission trip. Rodgers also assists in building playgrounds at local schools and community centers, and helped bring joy to a terminally ill child during the holiday season when he decorated the child's home with Christmas lights.
Rodgers and his fellow Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® members have been invited to New Orleans to participate in a special youth football clinic prior to the 2014 Allstate® Sugar Bowl®. The Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® will also be honored at halftime of the Allstate® Sugar Bowl®, which will be televised nationally on ESPN on Jan. 2, 2014.
The Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® is comprised of 22 players, including 11 competing in the NCAA® Football Bowl Subdivision and 11 players representing the NCAA® Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II, III and the NAIA.
To learn more about this year's team members and their selfless acts of kindness, fans can visit ESPN.com and search "Good Works."
The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, serving approximately 16 million households through its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names. Widely known by its slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate®," Allstate offers insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives, as well as via www.allstate.com and 1-800 Allstate®. As part of Allstate's commitment to strengthen local communities, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate employees, agency owners and the corporation provided $28 million in 2011 to thousands of nonprofit organizations and important causes across the United States.
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.
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 in the coaching profession" and to "provide a forum for the discussion and study of all matters pertaining to football."
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