Coach Mike Norvell: “I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this honor”
NORTHBROOK, Ill., December 5, 2022 – Offensive lineman graduated from Florida State University dylan gibbons is the captain of this year’s Allstate AFCA Good Works team®. Gibbons was selected out of 22 players for his remarkable commitment to community service.
“The only thing more impressive than Dilan’s fierceness on the field is his philanthropy off it,” he said. Mike Norvell, Florida State head coach. “He is an intelligent and thoughtful leader, and it has made a huge difference in his time as a Florida State Seminole. I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this honor than Dillan.”
When name, image and likeness (NIL) agreements became legal for college athletes, Gibbons launched the non-profit organization Big Man, Big Heart to encourage other athletes to direct their NIL earnings to charitable opportunities. A native of St. Petersburg, Florida and a graduate of Clearwater Central Catholic, he has raised nearly $500,000 since the organization’s launch, helping fund experiences and medical costs for children with leukemia, Down syndrome and a rare disease called VACTRL.
Gibbons, a member of the 2021 ACC All-Academic Team, also organized the Shop with a Player event through the Tallahassee Boys & Girls Club, participated in the GoFundMe College Charity Challenge, and planned a Teach a Kid to Fish event with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
The Allstate AFCA Good Works team recognizes college football athletes, in all divisions, and the nonprofit organizations they serve. Since the roster was announced in September, fans have been voting on ESPN.com/Allstate for their honorary captain.
“Dillan Gibbons is what the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team stands for: selflessness, compassion and community,” he said. troy hawks, executive vice president and general manager of sales for Allstate. “His work has already changed the lives of many and we can’t wait to see the impact it will have in the future.”
Gibbons will be recognized at The Home Depot College Football Awards on December 8 on ESPN and at the Allstate Sugar Bowl® December 31st. Learn more about him and the commendable efforts of the other 2022 Allstate AFCA good works team at ESPN.com/Allstate.
About the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®
The Allstate AFCA Good Deeds Team was established in 1992 by the College Football Association, recognizing the extra efforts made by college football players and student support personnel off the field. The AFCA became the governing body for the award in 1997 and continues to honor college football players who go the extra mile for those in need. Allstate worked to present the award beginning with the 2008 season.
The Southeastern Conference (SEC) leads all conferences with 82 selections to Allstate’s AFCA Good Deeds Team since it began in 1992. The SEC is followed by the Atlantic Coast Conference with 52 selections and the Big 12 Conference and the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, both with 39 selections. Georgia ranks first with 22 Allstate AFCA Good Deeds Team honorees. The Bulldogs are followed by Kentucky with 17 honorees. Super Bowl XLII, XLVI, and XLI champion quarterbacks Eli and Peyton Manning were members of the 2002 and 1997 Allstate AFCA Good Works teams, respectively.
The AFCA was founded in 1922 and currently has more than 11,000 members worldwide, from the secondary level to the professional level. Under its constitution, the AFCA was formed, in part, to “uphold the highest possible standards in football and in the coaching profession” and to “provide a forum for discussion and study of all matters relating to football.” ”. For more information on AFCA, visit www.afca.com. For news, check out insider.afca.com and subscribe to our weekly email. For more in-depth articles and videos, become an AFCA member. Get information about membership and specific member benefits at the AFCA Membership Overview page. To join, please complete the AFCA Membership Application.
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