Nate Boyer of the University of Texas at Austin, who was named Monday (November 12) as the first recipient of the Armed Forces Merit Award presented by the Football Writers Association of America, was the featured speaker at a mid-day teleconference.
A transcript by ASAP Sports of the teleconference that also featured Texas Coach Mack Brown, Brant Ringler, Executive Director of the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, and Steve Richardson, Executive Director of the FWAA, is also available at www.armedforcesbowl.com/wp-content/uploads/PDFTELECONFERENCEArmed_Forces_Merit_Award_-_11.12.pdf
The complete release about Boyer's selection can be found at http://www.armedforcesbowl.com/2012/11/boyer-first-armed-forces-merit-award-recipient-2/.
Boyer, a long snapper for the Texas Longhorns, and wide receiver Daniel Rodriguez of Clemson University were the semi-finalists for the Armed Forces Merit Award as a seven-person selection committee made up of five members of the FWAA and two officials from the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl considered 15 nominations for the inaugural award.
With the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl being “More Than A Game”, the Armed Forces Merit Award is one of two “accolades” presented by the organizers of the postseason contest that is owned and operated by ESPN. Since 2006, the Executive Committee of the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl has presented the Great American Patriot Award presented by Armed Forces Insurance.
Boyer will be presented the Armed Forces Merit Award at the University of Texas Football Banquet on December 7 in Austin. His accomplishments will also be recognized during bowl week for the 10th annual game to be played December 29 at Amon G. Carter Stadium in a game matching schools from Conference USA and the Mountain West Conference.
The following criteria were used in reviewing the nominations for the Armed Forces Merit Award:
•Individuals with an armed forces background that are currently involved as an athletic administrator, and/or football coach/staff member/player that have brought distinction and recognition to both their military service and the sport.
•Individuals and/or groups that have created, developed and/or produced football-related programs that provide care, concern and support for past or present members of the United States armed forces and/or their families.