AUSTIN, TEXAS, December 7, 2012 – Nate Boyer of the University of Texas was formally awarded the Armed Forces Merit Award presented by the Football Writers Association of America here Friday at the school’s 2012 football banquet.
Created to honor an individual and/or group that have brought distinction and recognition to both their military service and the sport of football, Boyer was named last month as the first recipient of the Armed Forces Merit Award. Brant Ringler, the executive director of the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, and Randy Riggs, a member of the Football Writers Association of America, presented the award during the early evening gathering at the Frank Erwin Center.
Boyer, a long snapper for the Texas Longhorns, was selected by a seven-member panel made up of five members of the FWAA and two officials from the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl. A total of 15 nominations were considered 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 post-season 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.
Boyer’s accomplishments will be also recognized during bowl week for the 10th annual Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl to be played December 29 at Amon G. Carter Stadium in a game matching Rice University from Conference USA and the United States Air Force Academy from the Mountain West Conference. Kickoff is set for 10:45 a.m. (CT) at Amon G. Carter Stadium. ESPN and ESPN Radio will air the games nationally. Texas plays the same night in San Antonio against Oregon State in the Alamo Bowl.
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.
For more Armed Forces Merit Award information, please contact Tim Simmons (firstname.lastname@example.org, 720/244/6580), Hope Lockett (email@example.com, 817/810-0016), Bill Little at the University of Texas (firstname.lastname@example.org, 512/471-6062) and/or FWAA Executive Director Steve Richardson (email@example.com, 972/713-6198).