PISCATAWAY, N.J. (July 21, 2014) – Rutgers football fifth-year senior defensive lineman David Milewski (Sayreville, N.J.) has been nominated for the 2014 Allstate American Football Coaches Association Good Works Team®. For 23 years the award has served as one of the most coveted and prestigious off-the-field honors in college football. It recognizes players whose charitable involvement and community service contributions stand out among all other student-athletes participating in the sport.
A record 182 nominees have been put up for the 2014 AFCA Good Works Team®. The award has existed to pay tribute to the "good" in college football that extends beyond the wins and the losses. While balancing academics and athletics, this select group of student-athletes nominated by their respective colleges and universities has committed their limited free time to having a lasting impact on their communities.
"It’s great to see all the ‘good works’ these student-athletes are doing at their universities and in their communities," Grant Teaff, AFCA executive director said. "The AFCA is proud to work with Allstate in highlighting the record number of nominees sent in for the 2014 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®."
Milewski has been heavily involved in the community, taking part in such events as the March of Dimes, Special Olympics of New Jersey, Raritan Bay Cougars Pop Warner, Urban Impact, Embrace Kids Foundation, Jackson Back 2 School Drive, Read Across America, T. Shoer Middle School Talk, A Walk to Believe and the Bocce Ball Invitational for the Wounded Warrior Project. The senior has also made visits to Robert Wood Johnson Hospital and took a six-day trip to Haiti in conjunction with the United Methodist Volunteers in Mission to help with earthquake relief.
On the field, Milewski returned to action in 2013 after battling back from three significant knee injuries. A key contributor in the defensive line rotation, he played in all 13 games last season and made 34 tackles, including a career-best seven stops in his first collegiate start versus Cincinnati. His effort earned him the R Man Courage Award at the annual banquet, which is given to the player who best demonstrates courage, belief, strength and inspiration to all. Milewski followed that up in the spring to win the Frank R. Burns Award, which is given to the player who displays extraordinary mental and physical toughness during spring practice.
In the classroom, Milewski excelled to earn the highest GPA on the team and win the 2013 Scholar-Athlete Award. He is currently working towards a Master’s in business administration.
Comprised of 11 players from the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision and 11 players from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II, III and the NAIA, the final roster of 22 award recipients will be unveiled in September. From the nominees submitted by sports information directors across the nation on behalf of their schools, a special voting panel consisting of former Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® members and prominent college football media members will select the 2014 Good Works Team.® Click here for more information.
Rutgers will open its 2014 season Aug. 28 at Washington State in Seattle, with the first Big Ten contest scheduled versus Penn State at High Point Solutions Stadium Sept. 13.
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