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About the Pop Warner College Football Award

The Pop Warner National College Football Award recognizes a college graduating senior who has made a difference on the field, in the classroom and in his community, and serves as a role model to Pop Warner’s young student athletes.

Pop Warner created the award in 2010 to honor a college player who has continued to demonstrate Pop Warner’s fundamental values of sportsmanship, academics and community service at the next level.

The award is presented during the annual Pop Warner Super Bowl at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, FL.

2018 Award Recipient


Previous Award Recipients

Previous recipients of the Pop Warner College Football Award:

  • 2018: CJ Conrad (Kentucky WR)
  • 2017: Braxton Berrios (Miami WR)
  • 2016: Evan Engram (Ole Miss TE)
  • 2015: Brandon Chubb (Wake Forest LB)
  • 2014: Jordan Richards (Stanford S)
  • 2013: Gary Bush (Purdue University WR)
  • 2012: Sean Renfree (Duke University QB)
  • 2011: Chase Minnifield (Virginia DB)
  • 2010: Prince Amukamara (Nebraska DB)

Kentucky TE CJ Conrad wins 2018 College Football Award

Kentucky tight end C.J. Conrad was named the winner of the 2018 Pop Warner National College Football Award, which is presented to a graduating senior each season who makes a difference in the classroom, the community and on the field and serves as a role model to young athletes.

Conrad is UK’s second-leading receiver with 29 catches for 297 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winning catch over Missouri as time ran out on the clock earlier this season.

In the award announcement, Conrad was hailed as the “epitome” of Pop Warner’s “fundamental values of sportsmanship, academics and community service.” Since 1929, Pop Warner has been one of the nation’s most recognizable youth football organizations.

Pop Warner specifically praised Conrad’s “Tuesday’s with C.J.” program in which he visits Kentucky Children’s Hospital each week to hang out with patients and spend time with their families.

“We are honored to have C.J. come to the hospital and take his time just to see patients,” Kentucky Children’s Hospital Child Life Coordinator Jennifer Guilliams said in the press release. “I had a mom tell me her daughter didn’t want to get out of bed for two days until she heard C.J. was coming and she walked down the hall to meet him. Not only does his visit brighten their day but it provides them with motivation to continue to get better and we couldn’t do that ourselves. As doctors, nurses and staff, we can only do so much. C.J. coming in is an inspiration to our children, an inspiration to our staff and we all get excited for his visits. What makes it even more special is that he does this out of the kindness of his heart.”

“This starts my day off really well, get away from football for a little while, see these kids, see what they’re going through really helps me get through the week, what I consider a tough day,” Conrad said earlier this season about his weekly hospital visits.

“These kids have it much harder and to put a smile on their face is everything I want to do.”

Conrad, a member of the 2017 SEC Academic Honor Roll and Dean’s List, graduated on Dec. 14 with a degree in communications.

2018 COLLEGE FOOTBALL AWARD FINALISTS

College Football Award

LANGHORNE, PA (November 13, 2018) – Pop Warner Little Scholars, the nation’s oldest youth football organization celebrating its 90th season, has announced six finalists for its 9th Annual National College Football Award. The award was established in 2010 to recognize a graduating senior who has made a difference on the field, in the classroom and in his community, and serves as a role model to Pop Warner’s young student athletes.

The 2018 Award Finalists are:

  • University of Southern California guard Jordan Austin
  • Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley
  • University of Kentucky tight end C.J. Conrad
  • West Point linebacker Kenneth Brinson
  • Duke University linebacker Ben Humphreys
  • University of Kansas linebacker Joe Dineen Jr.

The Pop Warner Little Scholars National College Football Award will be presented during the annual Pop Warner Super Bowl at Walt Disney World’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, FL. Last year’s winner was former University of Miami and current New England Patriots wide receiver Braxton Berrios.

“It’s inspiring to see so many college players who embody Pop Warner’s fundamental values of sportsmanship, academics and community service at the highest level,” said Jon Butler, Pop Warner Little Scholars executive director. “Once again, we have an amazing group of finalists who have represented themselves, their universities and their communities with distinction. Selecting one winner will be a challenge.”

Previous recipients have included Prince Amukamara (Nebraska), Chase Minnifield (Virginia), Sean Renfree (Duke), Gary Bush (Purdue), Jordan Richards (Stanford), Brandon Chubb (Wake Forest) and Evan Engram (Mississippi).

Media Contacts:
Brian Heffron, [email protected], 781.799.9568  / Caitlin Snider, [email protected], 508.353.0430

About Pop Warner Little Scholars

Founded in 1929 and headquartered in Langhorne, PA, Pop Warner Little Scholars is the nation’s oldest youth football, cheerleading and dance organization and the only youth sports organization that emphasizes academics as a prerequisite for participation. Pop Warner participants enjoy the opportunity to learn and compete in their sports in an atmosphere that emphasizes fun, safety, academics and character. For more information on Pop Warner and its programs visit www.popwarner.com or follow Pop Warner on Twitter at http://twitter.com/Pop_Warner.

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