DALLAS (FWAA) – Navy quarterback Ricky Dobbs is
the weekly nominee for the 2010 Discover Orange Bowl Courage
Award, to be announced at the end of the season by the Football
Writers Association of America.
Dobbs, a senior from Douglasville, Ga., has overcome a difficult
family situation to thrive as a leader at the Naval Academy.
Dobbs, who is vice president of the senior class, has a goal
of becoming President of the United States – after serving in the
military and winning a Super Bowl. He came to Annapolis after being
raised by an uncle. His mother battled addictions to drugs and alcohol,
and nearly died during open-heart surgery. Dobbs credits faith and
family for his success.
Last season, Dobbs broke Tim Tebow's record for touchdowns by
a quarterback. He underwent surgery last January to repair a cracked
kneecap but returned this season to lead the Midshipmen to a 5-3
record, including their third win over Notre Dame in four seasons.
Dobbs scored three touchdowns in the win.
"In the bigger scheme of things, Ricky represents the outreach
and the recruiting that, 'Wow, I can go play football and get a
good education. I can serve,'" Cmd. Master Chief Evelyn "Vonn" Banks
told the Washington Post. "Part of our development is to develop
good American citizens as well, so Ricky represents so many more
things than the quarterback for football."
the fifth straight year, the Football Writers Association of
America and the Discover Orange Bowl will announce a
weekly nominee for the Discover Orange Bowl Courage Award
each Wednesday during the season. A blue-ribbon panel will determine
the award's recipient from those weekly nominees. The recipient
of the Courage Award will be announced in December and presented
with the trophy in conjunction with this year's Discover Orange
The Courage Award was created by ESPN The Magazine's senior writer
Gene Wojciechowski, also an FWAA member. A select group of FWAA
members vote on the recipient each year. The requirements for nomination
include displaying courage on or off the field, including overcoming
an injury or physical handicap, preventing a disaster or living
Previous winners of the FWAA's Courage Award are the Connecticut
Huskies (2009), Tulsa's Wilson Holloway (2008), Navy's Zerbin Singleton
(2007), Clemson's Ray Ray McElrathbey (2006), the Tulane Green Wave
(2005), Memphis' Haracio Colen (2004), San Jose State's Neil Parry
(2003) and Toledo's William Bratton (2002).
The Orange Bowl Committee is a not-for-profit, 343-member,
primarily-volunteer organization. It is a self-sustaining, independent
organization that supports and produces activities and events that
enhance the image, economy and culture of South Florida. The Orange
Bowl Festival features a year-round schedule of events culminating
with the Discover Orange Bowl on January 3, 2011. Other OBC core
events include the MetroPCS Orange Bowl Basketball Classic, Orange
Bowl Youth Football Alliance presented by Sports Authority, Orange
Bowl International Tennis Championships and Orange Bowl Sailing
Regatta Series. For more information on the 2010-11 Orange Bowl
Festival and its events, including promotional and volunteer opportunities
through the Ambassador Program, visit www.orangebowl.org.
The Football Writers Association of America, a non-profit organization
founded in 1941, consists of more than 1,200 men and women who cover college football
for a living. The membership includes journalists, broadcasters and publicists,
as well as key executives in all the areas that involve the game. The FWAA works
to govern areas that include gameday operations, major awards and its annual All-America
team. For more information about the FWAA and its award programs, contact Steve
Richardson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 972-713-6198.
2010 Orange Bowl Courage Award Nominees
• Sept. 29: Zac Etheridge, Auburn and Rodney Scott,
• Oct. 6: Jon Hoese, Minnesota
• Oct. 13: Marquez Herrod, Colorado
• Oct. 20: Matt Anderson, North Dakota State
• Oct. 27: Jamie Hampton, Troy
• Nov. 3: Ricky Dobbs, Navy
• Nov. 17: Andrew, Colter and Paul Phillips
• Nov. 24: Mississippi State Bulldogs
• Dec. 1: Eric LeGrand, Rutgers