As Texas high school football kicks off this week, Ford Motor Company is reminding fans to show their team spirit and visit www.playeroftheweek.com to nominate their favorite players for the Built Ford Tough Texas High School Football Player of the Week award.
For the sixth consecutive year, Ford Motor Company will recognize six outstanding student-athletes each week through the program that invites fans, coaches and Texas media to pay tribute to those players who demonstrate toughness, sportsmanlike conduct and scholarship throughout the high school football season.
New this fall, Facebook and Twitter users will be able to post comments on the Texas Ford dealers Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/texasforddealers and follow discussion about the program on www.Twitter.com/txforddealers. Fans are encouraged to visit playeroftheweek.com and catch up on weekly winners, view video clips of players in action and get the latest program details.
"Nothing says ‘Texas' like trucks and football," said Philip Podgorny, Ford's Sales and Marketing Manager of the Central Market Area. "Ford is proud that the F-150 is the best- selling truck in Texas and proud to honor the superstars of our state's favorite pastime through the Built Ford Tough Player of the Week program."
"If past history is any indication, year six of the Built Ford Tough Texas High School Football Player of the Week and Player of the Year program should again produce outstanding young men who succeed on the field, in the classroom and in the community," he said.
Recent alumni include Atlanta Falcons' upcoming rookie running back Quizz Rodgers (Rosenberg Lamar Consolidated), Baylor's reigning Big 12 Comeback Player of the Year Robert Griffin III (Copperas Cove), UT quarterback Garrett Gilbert (Lake Travis), Nebraska's superback Rex Burkhead (Plano Senior), and Aledo's Johnathan Gray, who likely is destined to rewrite the Texas high school record books.
Ford Player of the Week Program: How it Works
The Built Ford Tough Texas High School Football Player of the Week program will recognize one high school student-athlete in six of the state's athletic classifications every week of the regular season of the 2011 Texas high school football schedule.
Throughout the 2011 football season, fans can nominate any player who takes the field for the Player of the Week Award, as long as they excel in three categories:
Individual performance on the field, including significant statistics from that week's game; Contribution to the team's success through their individual leadership abilities; Performance off the field of play, including academic success and good community citizenship.
At the conclusion of the 10-week regular season, Ford and an independent advisory board will select one student-athlete from the ten weekly winners to be the Built Ford Tough Texas High School Football Player of the Year in each classification. Following the championship games, honorees will once again be recognized at a statewide banquet event.
During the 2010 season, 60 outstanding student-athletes were named Built Ford Tough Texas High School Football Players of the Week. At season's end, the following players who excelled on the field, in the classroom and in their communities were named as the Built Ford Tough Texas High School Football Players of the Year:
Class 5-A: Cam McDaniel, RB, Coppell High School
Class 4-A: Johnathan Gray, RB, Aledo and Johnny Manziel, QB-S, Kerrville Tivy
Class 3-A: Anthony Morgan, QB, Carthage High School
Class 2-A: Jack Rhoades, QB-S, Cameron Yoe High School
Class 1-A: Aaron Bueno, QB-DB, Ben Bolt-Palito Blanco High School
Private Schools: Peter Ashton, QB-FS, Grapevine Faith Christian High School