Nomination of Georgia QB Aaron Murray to Allstate AFCA Good Works team is a big deal

Among Aaron Murray's many volunteer service activities has been to participate in the annual ESP (Extra Special People) pageant. Georgia's quarterback was named to the Allstate/AFCA Good Works team because of his community service activism. (Photo by Bulldawg Illustrated)

Among Aaron Murray's many volunteer service activities has been to participate in the annual ESP (Extra Special People) Big Hearts Pageant. Georgia's quarterback was named to the Allstate/AFCA Good Works team because of his community service activism. (Photo by Bulldawg Illustrated)

If you were reading Tuesday’s football notebook closely — and all the way to the end — you may have noticed that Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray was named to the Allstate AFCA Good Works team. I know at least some of you read it because I heard from you.

A few folks thought I was burying good news at the bottom in the “Etc.” section of the notebook. That certainly was the not the intention. The fact is, I got word of Murray’s accomplishment kind of late in the day after all my interviews at the weekly news conference had been conducted — including a session with Murray — and I was committed to a lot of other news items by then. UGA’s actual news release on the Good Works award didn’t arrive in my email inbox until 8:33 p.m.

I tell you that to say this in regard to this particular award: It IS a big deal. The fact that Murray is the 14th Georgia player to receive this national award for community service and exemplary citizenship — it goes to just 11 Division 1 players in the nation each year — is an even bigger deal. That’s the most of any school.

So I wanted to give you a little more detail on Murray’s latest accomplishment, which says nothing of his record-setting abilities on the football field. . . .

“This is an unbelievable honor,” Murray said in UGA’s release. “Coach Richt really stresses giving back to the community, especially here in Athens. It’s such a great community that gives all our University of Georgia teams amazing support. It’s always great to give back with trips to camps we visit in the summer, hospitals throughout the year or other organizations that make a difference.”

The Allstate AFCA Good Works Team is one of the college football’s premier service honors. It is intended to shine a spotlight on the positive, off-the-field impact that a select group of student-athletes have on their communities. There were 117 players nominated from 35 states and a panel of former Allstate AFCA Good Works Team members and college football media selected two 11-member teams – one featuring players competing in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) and the other a combined team representing Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) and Divisions II, III and the NAIA.

Fans will have the opportunity to vote for Murray as the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team Captain by visiting ESPN.com and searching “Good Works.” There you can learn more about this year’s team members and their charitable accomplishments by viewing player profiles on the website. The Team Captain and his fellow award recipients will be invited to New Orleans to take part in a special youth football clinic leading up to the 2013 Allstate Sugar Bowl.

Said Georgia coach Mark Richt: “Since the day he arrived on campus, Aaron has been an outstanding representative of our football program and Georgia. He has excelled on the field, in the classroom and in the community. This honor is well deserved.”

Murray, a redshirt junior, is in his third season as the Bulldogs’ starting quarterback. After completing a school-record 35 touchdown passes last season, Murray has passed for eight TDs in Georgia’s first three games this season. He is the SEC’s leading active player in total offensive yards (7,318), completions (498), TD responsibility (75), TD passes (67) and passing yards (7,040).

Murray received his bachelor’s degree in Psychology in May and is currently pursuing a master’s in Industrial-Organizational Psychology.

As for community activities, Murray’s lengthy ledger of  includes volunteering with Home Runs for Hometown Rivals, a softball game at UGA’s Foley Field for Special Olympians; Extra Special People’s “Big Hearts Pageant,” a fundraiser for the organization assisting individuals with developmental disabilities and their families; Wheelchair Football Championships, the state championship organized by the American Association of Adapted Sports Programs (AAASP); Read Across America, the national program to read a story to young students to commemorate the birthday of Dr. Seuss; Rolling with the Dawgs, a bowling fundraiser for the Healing Place Of Athens, an Athens-area organization designed to provide their clients encouragement and support while recovering from homelessness and addiction; Camp Sunshine visitation, a camp that provides recreational, educational and support programs for children with cancer and their families; Bulldogs Battling Breast Cancer Golf Tournament, an event designed to raise awareness and money for research for a cure to breast cancer; and UGA Catholic Center 5K Human Race, an event that benefits a trio of charities. He also has visited local elementary and middle schools and hospitals in Athens, Atlanta and Tampa.

Georgia’s previous Good Works Team honorees are:

  • OT Alec Millen, 1992,
  • DT Travis Jones, 1993
  • QB Brian Smith, 1995
  • OT Matt Stinchcomb, 1997-98
  • RB Brett Millican, 2000
  • OT Jon Stinchcomb, 2001
  • QB David Greene, 2003
  • QB D.J. Shockley, 2005
  • DE Quentin Moses, 2006
  • DB Kelin Johnson, 2007
  • DT Jeff Owens, 2009
  • TE Aron White, 2011

45 comments Add your comment

Kirk

September 19th, 2012
3:22 pm

Is there some reason why people care about being the first to post something?

DAWG POUND

September 19th, 2012
3:29 pm

I don’t know Kirk… You tell us!

Congrats on a GREAT honor for Murry and the rest of the DAWG NATION!

Woofy One

September 19th, 2012
3:33 pm

A great young man. Well deserved !

WDE

September 19th, 2012
3:39 pm

Congrats to a DGD and the trolls come out in 1,2,3……..

Dawg

September 19th, 2012
3:41 pm

There are some DGD on that list went to high school with Brett, Jon and Matt congrats Aaron on joinig a great group!

MY Dawg

September 19th, 2012
3:44 pm

Great job by a DGD!

Spike

September 19th, 2012
3:47 pm

Atta boy, Aaron. We need more like you.

LeftCoastDawg

September 19th, 2012
4:06 pm

The more Dawgs on that list only help future Dawg selections for this award since there is the likelihood the sit on the panel which participates in the selection process. So, look for more honors for our Dawgs from this group in the future.

Charles

September 19th, 2012
4:16 pm

We’ve had some ‘bad apples’ at times over the last several years and it showed at times on the field. We’re hearing a lot of positives about the current group of kids in Athens from insiders around the program; this is a special group with some unreal leaders like Murray, Chris Conley and Jones.

Dawg Haus

September 19th, 2012
4:23 pm

Thanks for making a full article out of this, Chip! Great story on a remarkable young man. Aaron, you make the Bulldog Nation so proud both on the field and off of it. Keep up the great work!

Dawg Haus

September 19th, 2012
4:24 pm

Spread the word on voting for Murray, Dawg fans!

B

September 19th, 2012
4:24 pm

Obiously a good guy and someone I can look up to.

Ga Dawg81

September 19th, 2012
4:29 pm

Congratulations Aaron. Thanks for posting this Chip. It is nice to see a positive article. Not all Dawgs are thugs and criminals as some out there think. 99 percent of the Dawgs are young men of character. Hard working young men who will go on to be productive citizens and join the long list of former Dawgs who are working and making their communities a better place. Its great to be a Georgia Bulldog.

Go Dawgs!!!!!

dawgfan

September 19th, 2012
4:31 pm

Thanks Chip. No harm no foul.

I am very critical of a certain assistant coach who shall not be named and his apologists claim that I am not a real fan, but I scream my guts out every Saturday for guys like Aaron Murray probably a lot louder than they ever could. We’ve got a lot of great guys on this team it seems, more than I can remember in a long time. I hope they take it to the house.

LOYAL DAWG

September 19th, 2012
4:31 pm

Next award, Heisman (possibly). Proud of you #11.

Jim

September 19th, 2012
4:32 pm

I have a cousin who knows Aaron. She asked him for an autograph for her mentally challenged sister last year. He kindly supplied her with a football signed and addressed to the sister before the SEC CG last year. Absolutely MADE her Christmas. Certainly a small act of kindness compared to all he’s done, but no deed goes unnoticed. Even down to the singular fan, he’s a committed DGD.

sandiegodawg

September 19th, 2012
4:32 pm

NICE TO HEAR- KEEP HOLDING IT DOWN AARON

LOYAL DAWG

September 19th, 2012
4:33 pm

Chip, I got a lotta respect for you great article my brother.

Just Asking?

September 19th, 2012
4:47 pm

Anyone have the actual address for the Good Works voting? I couldn’t find it.

Dawg Haus

September 19th, 2012
4:52 pm

Jim, I met him after the Tech game last year. He made sure every fan around had a photo taken, an autograph or a handshake. A good dude, for sure.

ARdawg

September 19th, 2012
5:14 pm

dawgfan

The story isn’t about you, neither is the blog

GT Bob

September 19th, 2012
5:16 pm

I cry very time I think about Murray playing for uga and not Tech.

Mad Dog One

September 19th, 2012
5:17 pm

Well written article Chip must be a good feeling to be able to do one like this. All the bad things that have been going on need to be told ( some times many times) even if we don’t want to hear it. So thanks and to Aaron WAY TO GO you make the Dawg nation proud. GO DOGS & GATA

Frank Lane

September 19th, 2012
5:21 pm

Great to know and even better to see featured. I think that fact that UGA has more 14 members honored than any other school is phenomenal news.

RJ

September 19th, 2012
5:50 pm

This says more about him than all the accomplishments on the field. He will be successful in life and has a great future ahead. We need more guys like this.

LHarding Dawg

September 19th, 2012
5:53 pm

Great accomplishment by a DGD. Lets see Mett or Murray as Georgia’s quarterback? Murray in a landslide.

Neutral

September 19th, 2012
6:23 pm

Thanks Aaron……you have made the Dawg Nation proud. P.S. You have also quieted the trolls for a day!!! Thanks again

Neutral

September 19th, 2012
6:30 pm

Dawg fans, every time the trolls bash UGa and bring up arrests and suspended players ….. let’s remind them that UGa and CMR lead the nation in producing AFCA recipients. The Dawgs are second to none in giving back to their community.

Vampire Bill

September 19th, 2012
7:36 pm

Aaron Murray DGD

rugbydawg79

September 19th, 2012
9:07 pm

Great Article–congratultions to a fine young man–the fact that this type of behavior seems to be spreading (bearing fruit) speaks well of leadership

Dawg Whisperer

September 19th, 2012
10:10 pm

Aaron Murray is evidently a special person whose efforts would be very difficult to duplicate. Coach Richt sets the example as a selfless leader and Aaron is following his lead. The world is full of detractors (its easy to criticize) but there are not enough leaders like Richt and Murray. Congrats to them both!

Top Row Dawg

September 20th, 2012
12:50 am

Good job Aaron, thanks for choosing Georgia over Florida. Your accomplishments are changing the Georgia Media Guide every year. The lineage of NFL quarterbacks under CMR and CMB will grow by one after next years draft. Come back your senior season and knock Wuerffel off his pedestal as top SEC passing TD Quarterback.

Almost made it through a whole page without a troll posting negative, thanks dawgfan.

Craig

September 20th, 2012
7:16 am

Congrats on the award- I am still reserving judgement on if Murray really is any different this year-…..before we all get giddy- lets remember the biggest part of his stats came against Buffalo and Fla Atlantic- pretty much like they have in the past. For the first huge game- Missouri, he was so so in the first half and if not for Jarvis Jones it would have likely been 24-20. Not trying to put a damper on things but lets see what Murray and the Offense do over the next three week…….Vandy, UT and Carolina. Then we will see

Wrecker

September 20th, 2012
7:17 am

Congrats to Aaron! Athletes are role models and Murray is a good one. Given how much work it must be to be a student and a top-notch quarterback at a Division 1 program, it is amazing how much he does for others.

65dawg

September 20th, 2012
7:51 am

Chip, I’ve been critical in the past for you not writing of the many positive things in our program, and I want to publicly thank you for writing this about a very special person, who just happens to be a great athlete, as well!!!

BobDawg

September 20th, 2012
9:42 am

GREAT JOB, AARON!!!! DGD!!!!! At the end of the day, this is what it is all about….

bucket

September 20th, 2012
9:43 am

Congratulations to Murray for being nominated for a such a high honor. The video of Aaron at that pageant is priceless and an example of what is right about college athletics.

graydog

September 20th, 2012
11:01 am

DGD! Thanks, Aaron, for being such an outstanding representative of our alma mater.

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masivatack

September 20th, 2012
12:45 pm

Fantastic Kid! If the haters ever met him in person, they would be haters no ore. Such an engaging and genuine person and so glad that he is representing the team that I root for.

Christian Robinson would be another dude I would put alongside Aaron as an outstanding member of our community here in Athens.

yes

September 20th, 2012
12:51 pm

Murray is a Damn Good Dog

yes

September 20th, 2012
12:59 pm

The team is loaded with great human beings like Murray. The haters and press take hold of the few that have had moments of reckless behavior. Of course the haters teams that they root for, along with ALL teams, have their percentages of irresponsible players. But they knowingly lie while denying it (Example-UGA is only school with a few pot smoking players? Yeah right.) Many teams suppress their ill behavior and it doesn’t make it to print.
Congrats to the UGA Dawgs…Great players and great people.

Lonnie

September 20th, 2012
1:45 pm

What a great dawg!

BigGAdawg

September 20th, 2012
5:37 pm

Congratulation on an obviously well deserved accolade. It is great for you and and the university for you to be acknowledged in this way.

DGD!

WOOF!!!

LawDawg

September 21st, 2012
11:19 am

I think it really says something about the kind of program we have that a UGA player makes the Good Works team almost every year. I doubt there is another school out there with this large a list.