Philipp, was recognized in May by the San Bernardino County Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame Chapter as the Top Offensive Lineman in San Bernardino County – receiving the ‘Anthony Munoz Offensive Lineman of the Year' award. Philipp earned the interest of almost every Pacific-10 school, and earned scholarship offers from a host of other national powerhouse programs, before ultimately deciding on Oregon State University as his college destination. Philipp follows in the footsteps of fellow San Andreas League standout Tex Bernard from Colton High School now at Texas State University, who was the 2007 ‘Munoz Award' honoree.
Karen Craig, Principal at Arroyo Valley High School introduced Munoz to the Arroyo Valley Football Team present for the conference call, and shared her thoughts on having the NFL Hall of Fame member speak to the team. "It was such an honor to have Anthony Munoz speak to both Michael and our student-athletes about the impact decision making, academics, and character can have on your life. Mr. Munoz has been an example of doing things the right way, in every aspect of his life, and a symbol of excellence as a student and professional. I know Michael was excited about the opportunity to talk with him, and is honored to be recognized with an award bearing the name of Anthony Munoz."
Head Coach Marcus Soward also shared his thoughts on the great career Philipp enjoyed at Arroyo Valley HS. "Michael is great kid. He takes care of his business on the field and in the classroom. He snapped for us this year as well, and would do anything asked of him in order to help the team. His brothers also played at the next level so he knows the responsibilities that will be expected of him at Oregon State. I feel blessed to have had Michael be a part of our program here at Arroyo Valley."
Phillip was honored by the phone call to Munoz, and spoke in great admiration of the NFL Hall of Famer. "Anthony Munoz is one of the all-time greats. When you talk about the best offensive linemen to play the game, whether in college or the pros, his name has to be included. I'm honored to share an award presented in his name. He's a standup guy, and I enjoyed listening to the advice he shared with me and my teammates."
In addition to recognizing Philipp, Munoz also used the conference call to talk with Arroyo Valley High School football players in a question and answer session that touched upon making the transition to college, dealing with adversity, having to deal with medical surgery and how that effects your will to continue playing sports, and what type of commitment it takes to be successful in life – both on the field and off.
Munoz, spoke highly of Philipp, "Michael is a special young man from what I have read and learned about him relating to his athletic and academic skills. He's put himself in a position to obtain his college degree, play in the Pacific-10 Conference, and to potentially become a National Football League player. I am honored to have a young man like Michael, who represents everything that is positive about football, be recognized as the 2008 NFF Anthony Munoz Offensive Lineman of the Year in San Bernardino County."
Anthony Munoz will be making an appearance in August at Chaffey High School in support of The Old Spice Anthony Munoz Camp for kids ages 7-14, that will take place on August 1st and 2nd from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm on both days. Information on the camp is available at www.anthonymunoz78.com. Older players, ages 16-23, can also signup to participate in a training clinic conducted free of charge on August 2nd, between the hours of 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. For more information contact 513-793-CAMP for registration to the training camp. Registration for both camps is mandatory.
Additional 2008 San Bernardino County National Football Foundation Chapter Players of the Year included:
1) Chris Ault Quarterback of The Year: Richard Brehaut – Los Osos HS
2) Erny Pinckert Running Back of the Year: Walter Kazee – Cajon HS
3) Wide Receiver/TE of the Year: Randal Telfer – Rancho Cucamonga HS
4) Alexis Serna Special Teams Player of the Year: Alejandro Maldonado – Colton HS
5) Harry ‘Blackjack' Smith Defensive End of the Year: Josh Shirley – Kaiser HS
6) Nick Barnett Linebacker of the Year: Daniel Fonua – Rancho Cucamonga HS
7) Defensive Back of the Year: Marlon Pollard – Cajon HS
8) Eric Weddle Utility Player of the Year: Derrick Malone – Colton HS
The honorees are selected by the Head Football Coaches from San Bernardino County High Schools whose players have been selected to the NFF All-San Bernardino County team. Each coach can vote for one-player per position, in the occurrence of a tie, the selections will share recognition for the award.
About the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame -
Established in 1947 the mission of the National Football Foundation is to promote and develop the power of amateur football in developing the qualities of leadership, sportsmanship, competitive zeal and the drive for academic excellence in America's young people.
We Will Fulfill this Mission in the Following Ways:
· By inspiring young people to excellence: holding up the greatest players and coaches in the history of the game as role models and enshrining them and their achievements in the College Football Hall of Fame.
· By exciting young people, and those who influence them, about the game: in particular, managing the College Football Hall of Fame in such a way as to dramatize the history, exhilaration and value of the game to an ever broadening audience of fans and potential fans.
· By developing, managing and promoting model football programs, which further strengthen the educational and character building qualities of the game.
· By honoring, publicizing and providing financial support to high school and college football players who represent our ideal of the scholar-athlete.
· By continuing a grassroots movement, through local chapters, while involving football fans, coaches, educators, the media and former players in the implementation of the programs, which will fulfill our mission for America's youth.
Through this mission, The Foundation serves not only youth, but the nation as well.
With 119 chapters and over 13,000 members nationwide, The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, a not-for-profit educational organization, runs programs designed to use the power of amateur football in developing scholarship, citizenship and athletic achievement in America's young people. NFF programs include the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Ind., Play It Smart, NFF Center for Youth Development through Sport at Springfield College (Mass.), the NFL-NFF Coaching Academy, and scholarships of nearly $1 million for College and High School Scholar-Athletes.