As much fun as it has been to watch Teddy Bridgewater on the field for the past two years, it's his character and what he does off the field that make the adjective "special" more applicable when thrown in his direction than it would be otherwise.
It's that same character that has resulted in him being nominated for the 2013 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, the most prestigious off-the-field honor in college football.
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.
"Through their commitment to service and helping others, this impressive group of student-athletes has shown that 'good works' extend beyond the football field," said Cynthia Whitfield, field senior vice president of Allstate's Southern region and a member of the 2013 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® voting panel. "The positive impact these young athletes have on their communities is an inspiration to us all and another reason to celebrate the good happening in our communities."
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.
This year's nominees uphold impressive service resumes detailing several unique and inspiring stories of servitude. From aiding with natural disaster relief across the globe to volunteering with sick and underprivileged children, this dedicated group of student-athletes has demonstrated the exceptional ability to balance academics with athletics while donating their limited free time and energy to serve others.
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.
According to the folks at Allstate, Teddy earned a nod because of his impressive resume of community service accomplishments, which include, but are not limited to:
--Volunteering with Slaughter Elementary School and Olinda Elementary Career Day.
--Speaking at ACT Pep Rally and Barrett Traditional Middle School.
--Participating in tornado relief clean-up.
This honor is just as deserved as all the ones Teddy has received for his work on the field.