Sept. 18, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. --- Georgia's Aaron Murray was named to the Allstate AFCA Good Works team on Tuesday, one of 11 Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) players nationwide honored for their outstanding community service record. Murray, a 6-1, quarterback from Tampa, Fla., is the Bulldogs' nation-leading 14th Good Works Team honoree since the award's inception in 1992.
"This is an unbelievable honor," Murray said. "Coach Richt really stresses giving back to the community, especially here in Athens. It's such a great community that gives all our University of Georgia teams amazing support. It's always great to give back with trips to camps we visit in the summer, hospitals throughout the year or other organizations that make a difference."
One of the college football’s premier service honors, the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team shines a spotlight on the positive, off-the-field impact that a select group of student-athletes has on their communities. This summer, the program received 117 nominations from colleges and universities hailing from 35 states. From the nominations, a prestigious voting panel comprised of former Allstate AFCA Good Works Team members and college football media selected two 11-member teams – one featuring players competing in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision and the other a combined team representing the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II, III and the NAIA.
Fans will have the opportunity to vote for Murray as the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team Captain by visiting ESPN.com and searching “Good Works.” Fans can learn more about this year’s team members and their charitable accomplishments by viewing player profiles on the website. The Team Captain and his fellow award recipients will be invited to New Orleans to take part in a special youth football clinic leading up to the 2013 Allstate Sugar Bowl.
"Since the day he arrived on campus, Aaron has been an outstanding representative of our football program and Georgia," head coach Mark Richt said. "He has excelled on the field, in the classroom and in the community. This honor is well deserved."
A redshirt junior, Murray is in his third season as the Bulldogs' starting QB. After completing a school-record 35 touchdown passes last season, Murray has passed for eight TDs in Georgia's first three games of the 2012 campaign. He is the SEC's leading active players in total offensive yards (7,318), completions (498), TD responsibility (75), TD passes (67) and passing yards (7,040).
Murray received his bachelor's degree in Psychology in May and is currently pursuing a master's in Industrial-Organizational Psychology.
Murray's lengthy ledger of community activities includes volunteering with Home Runs for Hometown Rivals, a softball game at UGA’s Foley Field for Special Olympians; Extra Special People’s “Big Hearts Pageant,” a fundraiser for the organization assisting individuals with developmental disabilities and their families; Wheelchair Football Championships, the state championship organized by the American Association of Adapted Sports Programs (AAASP); Read Across America, the national program to read a story to young students to commemorate the birthday of Dr. Seuss; Rolling with the Dawgs, a bowling fundraiser for the Healing Place Of Athens, an Athens-area organization designed to provide their clients encouragement and support while recovering from homelessness and addiction; Camp Sunshine visitation, a camp that provides recreational, educational and support programs for children with cancer and their families; Bulldogs Battling Breast Cancer Golf Tournament, an event designed to raise awareness and money for research for a cure to breast cancer; and UGA Catholic Center 5K Human Race, an event that benefits a trio of charities. He also has visited local elementary and middle schools and hospitals in Athens, Atlanta and Tampa.
“As fans of college football, Allstate takes great pride in partnering with the AFCA to recognize these dedicated student-athletes for their accomplishments off the field,” said Kathy Mabe, president of Allstate’s West regions and a member of the 2012 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team voting panel. “These players have demonstrated the unique ability to balance academics with athletics while donating their limited free time and energy to serve others, and we at Allstate commend them for their commitment to volunteerism.”
"The AFCA, its Board of Trustees and members are honored to partner with Allstate in announcing another great class of student-athletes for the 2012 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team," said Grant Teaff, AFCA Executive Director. "These 22 student-athletes stand out from hundreds of other college football players who volunteer their time each week to make an impact on their teams, and in their community."
Georgia's previous Good Works Team honorees are Alec Millen in 1992, Travis Jones in 1993, Brian Smith in 1995, Matt Stinchcomb in 1997 and 1998, Brett Millican in 2000, Jon Stinchcomb in 2001, David Greene in 2003, D.J. Shockley in 2005, Quentin Moses in 2006, Kelin Johnson in 2007, Jeff Owens in 2009 and Aron White in 2011.