Boston College's Swigert Nominated for Orange Bowl-FWAA Courage Award
DALLAS (FWAA) – Boston College’s Bobby Swigert is the first weekly nominee for the 2015 Orange Bowl-FWAA Courage Award.
Swigert, a 6-foot, 199-pound sixth-year senior wide receiver from Louisville, Ky., underwent 11 knee surgeries after severely injuring his right knee in a Nov. 2012 game against Notre Dame. The resulting surgery led to staph infections, which led to more surgeries and rehab. Swigert lost close to 50 pounds and had bone in his knee removed.
“The biggest thing is that football gives me a feeling that nothing else really does,” Swigert told ESPN.com’s Andrea Adelson this past March. “It’s a thrill type thing when you’re on the field and when you score a touchdown in front of screaming fans. It’s something I’ve been striving to get back.”
The Eagles hired Steve Addazio shortly after the injury, and the coach kept Swigert on scholarship all along. Swigert was cleared for practice this past spring, and he finally returned to game action for BC’s Sept. 5 opener against Maine, catching the team’s first touchdown of the season, an 11-yard reception just before halftime. Swigert caught two passes for 16 yards in the win.
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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