Senior defensive lineman, David Porter, attended what he thought was a routine football practice on Thursday, Oct. 29, only to be surprised by a national camera crew that recognized his acceptance onto the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team.
Porter is one of 22 college football players in the country to become a member of the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team this year and the first John Carroll athlete to be named to the team. To qualify, athletes must be nominated by their coach, have high academic success and have done a substantial amount of service in the community. Members are then voted on by former Good Works Team members and prominent college football media members.
The surprise began when all other players practicing on the field took a knee, leaving Porter in the center of the huddle with Tom Arth, the head football coach. Arth gave an introduction about Porter and his feelings about his service. “We are so proud of him,” said Arth.
“It means a lot to have coaches and teammates cheering me on,” Porter said.
After some words from Porter, Allstate representative Ricardo Prude presented Porter with a personalized trophy recognizing his acceptance onto the Good Works Team. “It is an honor to be here to support you,” said Prude, “You represent all that is good in sports.”
After a brief photo shoot by All State national media and multiple John Carroll local media, Porter gave an interview before heading back to practice.
When asked about what it was like to receive such an honor, Porter said, “It means a lot to me to see my teammates and coaches out here. It is good to see all you’ve accomplished.” Porter continued by saying he started out doing service as a freshman and he hopes the service done by John Carroll will never go unnoticed.