The American Football Coaches Association released its 2011 Good Works team today. It's an exclusive group (only 11 players) that rewards off-field do-goodism as much as on-field excellence.
As someone who has enjoyed many conversations with Northwestern senior left tackle Al Netter over the years, I'm happy to report he made the cut. I don't know Notre Dame QB Dayne Crist, but he must be cut from the same cloth if he made this squad, too.
If you want to know just one reason why Netter earned this honor, check out this story: http://nusports.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/042110aad.html
If you want a quick synopsis, picture a 300-pound lineman spending much of his spring break picking up cow flop in Guatemala's 90-degree heat and humidity to benefit an orphanage. He had gloves, though, so how tough could it have been?
Netter's honor means Northwestern has put a player on this team six years in a row. In chronological order, he joins K Joel Howells, LB Adam Kadela, WR Eric Peterman, WR Andrew Brewer and DT Corbin Bryant.
Here's this year's squad:
Emmanuel Acho, Sr., LB, Texas
Matt Barkley, Jr., QB, Southern California
Jared Crick, Sr., DL, Nebraska
Dayne Crist, Sr., QB, Notre Dame
Robert Griffin, Jr., QB, Baylor
Jacob Lewellen, Jr., DL, Kentucky
Brian Lockridge, Sr., RB, Colorado
Al Netter, Sr., OL, Northwestern
Chris Potter, Jr., WR, Boise State
Wayne Tribue, Sr., OL, Temple
Aron White, Sr., TE, Georgia
If you want to make Netter (or Crist) the team captain for this outfit, go here: