Sitting down at the breakfast table Heisman winner Cam Newton asks if you can pass the orange juice. You hand it to him without hesitation when then Lombardi Award Winner Nick Fairley asks for you to pass the coffee.
For many college football fans this seems like a dream, but for the nearly 2000 attendees at the Fellowship of Christian Athlete’s BCS National Championship Breakfast at the J.W. Marriott Desert Ridge this was reality.
The morning was highlighted with comments from Auburn Head Coach Gene Chizik, Oregon assistant coach Chris Brasfield and players from both schools. Arizona Cardinal’s running back Jason Wright also spoke. Each one spoke of his sports experience as well as how their faith has impacted that journey.
Players from both teams sat with tables buyers and were able to chat about their season, their faith and the excitement of the BCS National Championship game!
“FCA provides a strong platform for athletes and coaches to share their faith,” Mike Sanfratello, FCA Rockies Region Vice President said. “Very few people see these amazing people for who they truly are – what a unique opportunity for our community.”
Legendary Hall of Fame Coach Bobby Bowden, 80, served as the event’s keynote speaker. His stories from more than 57 years of coaching proved to be words of wisdom those in attendance.
“This is the best breakfast I have attended,” Bowden said.
In 2003, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes presented the first of what is now an annual award in Bobby Bowden’s name. The National Bobby Bowden Character Award honors one of college football’s finest role model on and off the field. The criteria for this college football players award is this:
· A college senior
· 3.0 GPA or above
· Endorsement of their coach and a role model for Christ ...in the classroom, in the community, and amongst his teammates.
This is FCA’s version of the Heisman trophy.
Presenting the 2010 Bobby Bowden Award was Jason Wright. Wright just finished his seventh season in the NFL and was the first recipient of the Bobby Bowden Character Award.
Christian Ponder, Florida State University, was the 2010 honored recipient of The FCA Bobby Bowden Award.
“It was an incredibly impactful, magical morning,” Kevin Haslam, Arizona State FCA Director said. “The coaches and student athletes were incredible and it was an unforgettable morning.”