Posted by Jeremy Pittenger on September 19, 2013
A stand out for his “good works” in the community, Aurora University senior defensive lineman Tyler Simmons has been honored by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) as a member of the 2013 Allstate Insurance Good Works Team. The award recognizes a select group of college football players who have made a commitment to enriching the lives of others while contributing to the greater good of their communities.
Simmons’ long list of accolades includes organizing a 5K run/walk to raise money and awareness for multiple sclerosis, coaching a youth flag football program and volunteering with the National Alliance on Mental Illness, an organization providing homes, education and jobs for mentally challenged adults and teens. On the field, Simmons was a 2012 Northern Athletics Conference honorable mention.
“Tyler is the epitome of the Division III student-athlete,” said Head Coach Mark Walsh. “He is an excellent student, a leader by example on and off the field, and the first to volunteer for activities that make our team and community better.”
While tackles and touchdowns earn accolades on the field, the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team shines a light on the stories of good taking place outside the sport of football that often go unnoticed. It is those student-athletes who have dedicated countless hours towards helping others who have been nominated by their respective colleges and universities for this prestigious honor.
“The Good Works Team honor is tremendous for Tyler and Aurora University,” said Athletic Director Jim Hamad. “His work on and off the field is the essence of what we look for in all of our Spartans.”
This year’s honorees uphold impressive service resumes detailing several unique and inspiring stories of servitude. From aiding with natural disaster relief across the globe to volunteering with sick and underprivileged children, this dedicated group of student-athletes has demonstrated the exceptional ability to balance academics with athletics while donating their limited free time and energy to serve others.
“It’s truly an honor to be recognized as part of the 2013 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team,” said Simmons. “I’m extremely proud to represent Aurora University and the football program on and off the field.”
From the nominees submitted by sports information directors across the nation, a special voting panel of former Allstate AFCA Good Works Team members and prominent college football media members selected the 2013 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team.
“With a record number of nominees submitted this year, it is obvious that our country’s collegiate football programs are producing great student-athletes,” said Grant Teaff, AFCA Executive Director.