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Perez First 2006 U.S. Army All-American
Posted Sep 13, 2005
CAMDEN, N.J. --- Recognized as one of the top football players in the nation, Antwine Perez of Camden, N.J., has been named a 2006 U.S. Army All-American. Perez will join a stand-out list of athletes playing in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Saturday, January 7, 2006 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
This classic East vs. West match-up will be televised live on NBC at 12:00 p.m. (CST) and will feature the top 80 prep football student-athletes in the country.
"It is a great pleasure to have this fine young man selected to represent his school and community as a U.S. Army All-American," said Colonel Thomas Nickerson, Director of Strategic Outreach for the U.S. Army Accessions Command. "He has proven himself to be a superior athlete who, like our Soldiers, takes pride in making a difference and turning in outstanding performances.
Our slogan, 'An Army of One,' recognizes the strength of the individual in achieving team goals. Antwine demonstrates how football, like the Army, makes you a stronger person not just for today, but into the future. A national audience will see this when he takes the field in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl," said Col. Nickerson.
Perez is a standout defensive back at Woodrow Wilson High School and was one of 400 players nominated nationally and one of 80 selected to participate by the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Team made up of Tom Lemming of CSTV and representatives of Scout.com, the web’s largest independent sports network.
“Antwine proves to be one of the great athletes in the East. On offense he shows a live arm and outstanding running skills, and on defense he proves to be a natural athlete with great speed to the ball, coming out of his breaks fast and excelling in pass defense,” Lemming said.
“Can you say Ronnie Lott?
is explosive when he closes on an opposition and he acts like he was just shot out of a cannon. He finishes each tackle, and punishes the opposing player. He’s a very versatile and athletic prospect,” according to Scout.com.
As a U.S. Army All-American Perez also has the potential to be named a finalist for the PARADE All-America High School Player of the Year honoring the nation’s best prep football player at the 2006 U.S. Army All-American Awards Dinner on January 6, 2006 in San Antonio. The PARADE All-America High School Player of the Year is the equivalent of the high school Heisman Trophy and the winner will receive a trophy fashioned in the likeness of high school’s all-time leading rusher Ken “The Sugar Land Express” Hall of Sugar Land, Texas.
Also given out at the U.S. Army All-American Awards Dinner will be the Walter Payton trophy which goes to the nation’s premier football speed and strength athlete. This award will be bestowed upon the nation’s fastest, strongest and most dedicated high school football player. The Trophy presented to the winner is set in the likeness of the Hall-of-Famer and NFL Great.
The winning team of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl will receive the Herman Boone Trophy named after the legendary Virginia high school football coach who was immortalized in the Disney feature film, Remember the Titans. Also, the game MVP will receive the Pete Dawkins MVP Trophy named after the 1958 Heisman Trophy winner.
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