Arizona State's Foster Nominated for Orange Bowl-FWAA Courage Award
Arizona State’s D.J. Foster is this week’s nominee for the 2015 Orange Bowl-FWAA Courage Award.
Foster, a 6-foot, 195-pound receiver from Scottsdale, Ariz., lost his 19-year-old sister, Jennifer, to an accidental drug overdose when D.J. was 15.
"She was one of those people that, when she'd walk in, she'd light up the room," Foster told ESPN.com in 2014. "People could see she had this aura."
Jennifer Foster, D.J.’s only sibling, was one of the biggest factors in D.J.’s decision to return to the Sun Devils for his senior year, as she told him as a young boy that there is more to life than just sports, and that it is important to finish what you started.
D.J. Foster is now on track to graduate this spring. He recently became the first player in 10 years to reach 2,000-plus career receiving and rushing yards, and just the fifth in NCAA history to accomplish the feat. A team captain, Foster has recorded a reception in 47 consecutive games, which is one game shy of tying the Pac-12 record.
D.J.’s locker features a photo of Jennifer that he takes with him to every away game. D.J. also has Jennifer’s face tattooed above his heart with the words “Sweet Dreams.” On the anniversary of Jennifer’s death each year, D.J. and his father, Darryll, release balloons into the sky.
The Courage Award was first presented by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) in 2002. A select group of writers from the FWAA vote on the winner each year. The requirements for nomination include displaying courage on or off the field, including overcoming an injury or physical handicap, preventing a disaster or living through hardship. The winner of the award will be included in festivities during Capital One Orange Bowl week and receive his trophy at an on-field presentation.
Previous winners of the Orange Bowl-FWAA Courage Award are Duke offensive lineman Laken Tomlinson (2014), San Jose State defensive lineman Anthony Larceval (2013), Clemson wide receiver Daniel Rodriguez (2012), Michigan State offensive lineman Arthur Ray Jr. (2011), Rutgers defensive tackle Eric LeGrand (2010), the University of Connecticut football team (2009), Tulsa's Wilson Holloway (2008), Navy's Zerbin Singleton (2007), Clemson's Ray Ray McElrathbey (2006), the Tulane football team (2005), Memphis' Haracio Colen (2004), San Jose State's Neil Parry (2003) and Toledo's William Bratton (2002).
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