July 17, 2012
NEW ORLEANS - Ryan Griffin, a senior quarterback on the Tulane football team, was named of the 117 nominees for the 2012 AllState American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Good Works Team, it was announced by the AFCA on Tuesday.
As one of college football's most prestigious off-the-field honors, the award recognizes a select group of college football players committed to making a difference in their communities.
Since 1992, the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® has shown a spotlight on the countless "good works" and remarkable stories of service by student-athletes at all levels of college football competition. Award recipients represent the sport's finest in terms of character and leadership in the community.
Griffin, who has thrown for 6,255 yard and 36 touchdowns in 33 career games for Tulane, is an active member of Student-Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC) and participates in numerous community service programs.
The Westlake Village, Calif., native is also one of two Tulane student-athletes that serve on the University Apple Team. He attended the Apple Conference with a group from Tulane each of the past two years and organized a freshmen orientation program as an initiative from the Apple Convention.
From the nominees submitted by sports information directors across the nation on behalf of their schools, a special voting panel consisting of former Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® members and prominent college football media members will select two 11-player Good Works Teams® - one comprised of players from the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision and another representing players from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II, III, and the NAIA. The final roster of 22 award recipients will be unveiled in September.
Allstate and the AFCA will launch the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® website on ESPN.com featuring profiles and images of the final team members, as well as the opportunity for fans to vote for the 2012 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® Captain.
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.
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.
Griffin and the Green Wave open the 2012 season on Sept. 1 against Rutgers in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.