In December, four of the strongest and fastest high school football players from around the country competed at Athletes' Performance in Tempe, AZ in an effort to win the EAS Speed and Strength Award. The victor claims the Walter Payton Trophy.
Benn was named the winner and received his trophy at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Awards Banquet. Benn, who attends Dunbar High School, has verbally committed to go to the University of Illinois.
Also vying for the trophy were Joe McKnight, running back, New Orleans; Everson Griffen, defensive end, Avondale, AZ; and Eric Berry, defensive back, Fairburn, GA.
The four were selected from among 16 U.S. Army High School All-Americans based on their 40-yard dash, shuttle run, and bench press statistics. Other football stars from around the country who were in the running were Marvin Austin, Washington, D.C.; John Clay, Racine, WI; Marc Tyler, Westlake Village, CA; Chris Galippo, Anaheim, CA; Noel Devine, N. Fort Myers, FL; Will Korn, Duncan, SC; Major Wright, Fort Lauderdale, FL; Terrence Toliver, Hempstead, TX; Gerald Jones, Oklahoma City, OK; Aaron Hernandez, Bristol, CT; Chris Donald, Huntington, TN; and Anthony Davis, Piscataway, NJ.
Last year's winner of the Walter Payton Trophy was Taylor Mays of Seattle. Two years ago Ryan Reynolds of Las Vegas claimed the prize.
The 16 elite athletes were among 80 outstanding student-athletes nationwide who played in the 7th Annual U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Saturday, January 6, at the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX.
The EAS Speed and Strength Award is modeled after one of the NFL's all-time greats, Walter Payton. Sponsored by Abbott Nutrition's EAS brand, the award honors the nation's fastest, strongest, and most dedicated high school football player. It goes to the high school student-athlete that best represents Payton's athleticism, hard work, and ideals. The award stands for excellence and determination among various other traits it takes to be a champion.
In Arizona, the four finalists went through a vigorous speed and strength evaluation at Athletes' Performance, where they worked out with top athletic trainers.
"We are proud to be the sponsor of the Walter Payton Trophy, honoring the high school football player with the greatest combination of strength, speed and commitment to excellence," said Chris Hickey, director of marketing for EAS, Abbott Nutrition. "There is no more appropriate role model for dedicated athleticism than Walter Payton, one of the best of all time."
"At Abbott, we believe that the foundation for success in sports is healthy, balanced nutrition, combined with an appropriate exercise and training regimen," said Keith Wheeler, Ph.D., Divisional Vice President, Research and Development, Abbott Nutrition. "Sports nutrition foods, like EAS AdvantEdge® Complete Nutrition, can play a critical role in helping athletes meet specialized sports nutrition needs."
As a partner with the National High School Athletic Coaches Association (NHSACA) and a leader in sports nutrition education, EAS also helps educate high school athletic directors, coaches and student-athletes on making healthy nutritional choices.
Abbott Nutrition's EAS sports nutrition products are used by athletes of all levels to help them achieve their fitness and performance goals. Athletes like San Francisco 49ers Vernon Davis, a 2001 U.S. Army All-American, use EAS science-based products as part of a nutrition regimen to help maximize performance on the field.
Since its inception, the U.S. Army All-American Bowl has been a key launching pad for America's future college and NFL stars. The 16 join the likes of Reggie Bush, Vince Young, Brady Quinn, and Adrian Peterson who all made their national debuts as U.S. Army All-Americans. For more information on the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, alumni, coaches, awards, and other Bowl Week events visit www.usarmyallamericanbowl.com & www.goarmy.com. For further information about EAS and its products, go to www.EAS.com.
D.C.'s Benn wins EAS' Speed, Strength award
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