NORTHBROOK, Ill. – Temple senior OL Wayne Tribue
(York, Pa.) is one of 22 football student-athletes named to the prestigious Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®, the insurance company and the American Football Coaches Association announced on Tuesday.
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 (I-A) and the other is a combined team representing the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (I-AA), 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.”
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®.
Vote for Tribue as Team Captain Here
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.
One of a school record five Temple Owls to play in the 2008 Big 33 Game, Tribue
is a senior offensive lineman for Temple. Named the most improved offensive player following 2010 spring drills, he was also named team's 2009 Offensive MVP as a member of the offensive line. The biochemistry major, cited on the Athletic Director's Honor Roll, played in 11 games with four starts in 2010. He has started every game this fall at right guard.
The four-year starter had the most community service events during the 2010-11 academic year with 12. Tribue has participated in the annual bone marrow donor drive, the Thanksgiving food drive, the Diamond Street clean-up, the One Child Saved campaign, Partnership Field Day, Owls for the Cure, and the Shore Tour as well as numerous hospital visits and Ronald McDonald House visits.
For his efforts, Tribue has earned the team's monthly Owl Outreach Award for Community Service four times.
“Wayne's body of work speaks for itself,” said Temple head coach Steve Addazio
. “His involvement within the community has made a tremendous impact in the lives of many people in and around the Philadelphia metropolitan area. Wayne's commitment to academic excellence is only paralleled by his tireless work ethic and unquestionable desire to be the best teammate he can be on and off the field.”
Tribue is the fourth Owl to make the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® since 2003 and the second consecutive honoree. Last fall linebacker Amara Kamara
received the honor.
Temple (2-1, 1-0 MAC) travels to Maryland (1-1, 1-0 ACC) on Saturday, Sept. 24. Kickoff at Byrd Stadium is set for 12:29 p.m. on the ACC Network, as well as ESPN3.com, ESPN Game Plan, and NBC Philadelphia Nonstop.