All-American Game Adds Cushing, Garvin

<b>Brian Cushing</b> of Park Ridge, New Jersey and <b>Michael Ray Garvin</b> of Ramsey, New Jersey officially announced as members of the Army All-America game today. They will play against each other tonight in one of the nation's top games.

PARK RIDGE, New Jersey (September 17, 2004) --- As a result of being one of the top high school football players in the nation, Brian Cushing of Park Ridge, New Jersey has been named a 2005 U.S. Army All-American. Cushing will join a stand-out list of athletes playing in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Saturday, January 15, 2005 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 best 78 high school 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 and I know he will add an exciting dimension to January's game.

Our slogan, ‘An Army of One,' recognizes the value of individual talents toward achieving team goals, and his talents make him a strong addition to this All-American team, Nickerson added. This game will highlight his skills for a national audience, and the Army is pleased to provide this opportunity to him and all the U.S. Army All-Americans."

Cushing is a standout outside linebacker at Bergen Catholic High School and was one of 400 players nominated nationally and one of 78 selected to participate by Tom Lemming, a well-respected evaluator of prep football talent and contributor to ESPN Sports and USA Today.

"After viewing Brian's film, he looked to me to be a carbon copy of last season's All-American Dan Connor. I was surprised to see Brian playing safety and linebacker. In fact, on game tape he seemed to be all over the field. A leader on the defense with exceptional speed, balance, body control and range, he makes plays from sideline to sideline. Has great closing speed, he's an explosive tackler, does a good job of shedding blockers and finding the ball. He was the most productive defensive player in the state this side of Brian Toal. A fierce competitor and difference maker," Lemming said.

Brian Cushing Video




RAMSEY, New Jersey (September 17, 2004) --- As a result of being one of the top high school football players in the nation, Michael Ray Garvin (left) of Ramsey, New Jersey has been named a 2005 U.S. Army All-American. Garvin will join a stand-out list of athletes playing in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Saturday, January 15, 2005 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 best 78 high school 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 and I know he will add an exciting dimension to January's game.

Our slogan, ‘An Army of One,' recognizes the value of individual talents toward achieving team goals, and his talents make him a strong addition to this All-American team, Nickerson added. This game will highlight his skills for a national audience, and the Army is pleased to provide this opportunity to him and all the U.S. Army All-Americans."

Garvin is a standout cornerback at Don Bosco Prep and was one of 400 players nominated nationally and one of 78 selected to participate by Tom Lemming, a well-respected evaluator of prep football talent and contributor to ESPN Sports and USA Today.

"Just might be the fastest football player in the country. I met Michael down in San Antonio at the U.S. Army National Combine where he earned the Reebok Defensive MVP Honors and was impressed with his explosiveness, confidence and all around athletic ability. A very good athlete and could be considered the top CB prospect in the nation," Lemming said.

Michael Ray Garvin Video




As U.S. Army All-Americans, Cushing and Garvin the potential to be named finalists for the Ball Park National High School Player of the Year Award honoring the nation's best prep football player at the 2005 U.S. Army All-American Awards Dinner on January 14, 2005 in San Antonio. The Ken "The Sugarland Express" Hall Trophy, is the equivalent of the high school Heisman Trophy and is named after record setting running back Ken Hall of Sugarland, Texas.

"We're excited about our sponsorship of such a worthwhile award," said Deborah Sabo, director of marketing for Ball Park. "This honor rewards the core principles within high school football that we have here at Ball Park – excellence and quality."

Also given out at the U.S. Army All-American Awards Dinner will be the Myoplex Speed and Strength Athlete of the Year Award. This first-year award will be bestowed upon the nation's fastest, strongest and most dedicated high school football player. The Trophy presented to the winner will be set in the likeness of NFL great, Walter Payton.

"Speed and strength are the keys to success on the field," said Heather Fitzgerald, marketing director for Myoplex. "And the keys to developing speed and strength are hard work in the gym and proper nutrition. We've helped elite NFL players improve their nutrition for more than a decade. With this award, we hope to show the nation's top high school football players the role proper nutrition plays in reaching their goals."

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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