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High School Football Rudy Awards Semifinalists Announced

December 16, 2010

Bend, OR -- Drew Bledsoe, Chairman of the High School Football Rudy Awards selection committee, announced the top 50 national Semifinalists for the award that is fast becoming known among coaches and communities as a way to honor those players who may not have the stats, but who bring the most heart to the game. More than 12,000 high school football coaches were contacted and invited to nominate the ‘Rudy' on their team. The winner will receive a $10,000 academic scholarship to a college of their choice. Two runners-up will each receive $5,000, in addition to a fan favorite determined by online voting. A complete rundown of the 50 Semifinalists is available at www.HighSchoolRudyAwards.com .

Founded by Trusted Sports and Daniel ‘Rudy' Ruettiger in 2009, this national award is named for high school football's most famous underdog. Known for being "5 foot nothing, 100 and nothin' with barely a speck of athletic ability", Ruettiger's dream of playing football at the University of Notre Dame inspired millions. Likewise, the 50 Semifinalists are being honored for their courage and character, and inspirational impact on their teammates and schools.

"I read the stories of our top 50 High School Football Rudy Award nominees and then I look back at some of the toughest games I played. Even when I was injured, I didn't have to deal with anything like what these kids have to handle on a daily basis. Playing in the NFL was an honor, and incredibly rewarding," said former New England Patriots quarterback, Drew Bledsoe. "It's also an honor to place the spotlight on these young athletes who are facing inconceivable challenges, yet who soldier on despite the hand they've been dealt. Words can't begin to describe how much respect I have for them all."

The 2010 Selection Committee includes notable sporting personalities such as Leigh Anne Tuohy, mother of Baltimore Ravens player Michael Oher and inspirational figure of the film The Blind Side; Shaun Alexander, former Seattle Seahawks running back and NFL MVP; and NBC Football Sideline Reporter, Andrea Kremer. America can be inspired by the player they feel is a ‘Rudy' online at www.HighSchoolRudyAwards.com . Online voting continues through December 28, 2010. Since the site's launch in 2009, nominees have received over 3 million votes.

High School Football Rudy Awards - Top 50 Semifinalists

Thomas AlbaneseMonsignor Donovan High SchoolNJREAD BIO
Chance AnthonyBreckinridge County High SchoolKYREAD BIO
Andrew BannerEastern Guilford High School NCREAD BIO
Mike BauerBishop Timon St. Jude High SchoolNYREAD BIO
Dalton BlyKarns City Area High SchoolPAREAD BIO
Joshua BroylesBoyle County High SchoolKYREAD BIO
Austin CantrellBigfork High SchoolMTREAD BIO
Brett ChudejGarden City High SchoolTXREAD BIO
Kamron ClarkCanton High SchoolSDREAD BIO
Christopher CouchBell County High SchoolKYREAD BIO
Kenny DaileyBend High SchoolORREAD BIO
Dakota DirCamden County High SchoolGAREAD BIO
Qua'derrious DoggettKingsbury High SchoolTNREAD BIO
Tyler DutruchPope John Paul II High SchoolLAREAD BIO
Jimmy DuvalDekalb High SchoolINREAD BIO
Jake EilersMater Dei High SchoolILREAD BIO
Billy Jack ForellRye High SchoolCOREAD BIO
Brandon FreemanWaldron High SchoolARREAD BIO
Bryan GibsonForestville Central High SchoolNYREAD BIO
Alex GilmanDwight-Englewood High SchoolNJREAD BIO
Michael HarrisTrimble Tech High SchoolTXREAD BIO
Ronnie HarrisWhite Hall High SchoolARREAD BIO
Kyle HunterAptos High SchoolCAREAD BIO
Kyle JacobsonWestwood High SchoolTXREAD BIO
Schuylar Hurd-JohnsonBishop Chatard High SchoolINREAD BIO
Kyle KaneSaint Thomas Aquinas High SchoolKSREAD BIO
Tyreik KellyTimmonsville High SchoolSCREAD BIO
Thomas KennedyLord Botetourt High SchoolVAREAD BIO
Ty LaFramboiseNorwood High SchoolCOREAD BIO
Dakota LammyCalhoun High SchoolILREAD BIO
Reid LaytonSeminole High SchoolTXREAD BIO
Phillip MadriagaAiea High SchoolHIREAD BIO
Axel MartanArizona School for the Deaf, BlindAZREAD BIO
Sam McAdamsEast High SchoolWIREAD BIO
Zach McKayValhalla High SchoolCAREAD BIO
Dylan Michael MoranDenver North High SchoolCOREAD BIO
Brandin RinaldoPlacer High SchoolCAREAD BIO
Trevor RobertsMcLouth High SchoolKSREAD BIO
Cody RyeIronwood High SchoolMIREAD BIO
Bart SatterfieldFulton High SchoolTNREAD BIO
Katie ScalzoWyoming Area High SchoolPAREAD BIO
Gary SuchorHillsboro High SchoolNDREAD BIO
Brodey TaylorMason High SchoolTXREAD BIO
Visa ThachKentwood High SchoolWAREAD BIO
Tray WaiteWarren G. Harding High SchoolOHREAD BIO
Cody WahlKidder Country High SchoolNDREAD BIO
Zachary WauerBooker High SchoolTXREAD BIO
Jesse WellsDenton Calvary AcademyTXREAD BIO
Kyle WilcoxArmwood High SchoolFLREAD BIO
Stephen WilmingtonRavenna High SchoolOHREAD BIO

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