Senior football player David Porter received one of the most prestigious honors for a college football player off the field. He was accepted onto the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Allstate GoodWorks Team. “It’s an honor and a privilege,” said Porter.
This AFCA Allstate GoodWorks team is made up of two teams of 11 players countrywide. The first team is comprised of players from the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision and the other is made up of players from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, divisions two and three. In order to become a member, a nominee must be elected by their coach, be in good academic standing with at least a 3.0 GPA and be involved in the community through the service they do. The general criteria include having good character, leadership and a commitment to making a difference in the community.
The nominees for the team are voted on by national media members such as Kirk Herbstreit, analyst for ESPN’s television show that provides color commentary on college football games. Other voters include previous GoodWorks team members, ESPN, FOX Sports, AFCA president and the executive vice president of Allstate.
Head football coach, Tom Arth, said he nominated Porter because “[Of] the type of person he is and the type of player. The time he has given to serve others is remarkable.”
Porter has been involved in working at the Fatima Family Center’s after school care program that includes children in grades one through four. In addition to playing with the children, Porter helped them with their homework through tutoring.
Teammate and friend, senior Owen Reilly, said that when Porter tutored, there was one student in particular who had trouble printing. He worked with this child until it got to the point that when Porter came to the center, the child ran up to him and asked for help. “He works hard in everything he does on the field and off,” said Reilly.
Porter has also been involved in the Jesuit Day of Service for the last three years as a team leader. This entailed raking and cleaning up around local neighborhood houses. Porter also mentors middle school students from Cleveland’s west side through the Seeds of Hope program. Outside of playing on the football team and participating in service, Porter makes it a point to visit his two younger brothers at home in Lorain county every Sunday. “His brothers really look up to him. He wants them to grow up to be good people,” said Reilly.
As a GoodWorks Team member, Porter along with his 21 teammates will be recognized at halftime during the division 1 college football National Championship game. This game is also known as the Sugar Bowl and takes place in New Orleans, LA on Jan. 1, 2016. “This is a big deal for us. A school like John Carroll doesn’t get as much recognition,” said Reilly.
Out of the 22 players on the team, four will be voted as Team Captains. This title is a testament to their community’s support in recognizing their commitment and leadership. “[David] is a rare person and someone who will do incredible things when he leaves here,” Arth said.
Editor’s Note: To vote for Porter as Team Captain, visit www.espn.com/allstate.