Charlotte, N.C. (November 20, 2017) – Five finalists were announced for the 2017 Bronko Nagurski Trophy on November 15, but only one will take the title of the NCAA’s top defensive player at the awards banquet sponsored by ACN, Inc. Named for College and Professional Football Hall of Famer, Bronislau Nagurski, the Bronko Nagurski Trophy is presented by the Football Writers Association of America and the Charlotte Touchdown Club every year.
ACN, Inc. is proud to announce this year’s roster of finalists which is comprised of stellar student athletes across the nation. Finalists include front-runner of the FBS in tackles for loss this season, Bradley Chubb of NC State – defensive backfield leader Minkah Fitzpatrick of Alabama – Iowa’s middle linebacker ranked fourth in the nation in total tackles, Josey Jewell – defensive tackle and 2016 second-team FWAA All-American, Ed Oliver of Houston – and Georgia’s leading tackler, outside linebacker Roquan Smith.
The winner will be announced December 4, 2017 at an awards banquet presented by ACN, Inc. Head coach of the number one team in the SEC East, Georgia’s Kirby Smart is confirmed to deliver the keynote address. In addition, Florida East Coast Railway will honor Notre Dame’s Ross Browner as the recipient of the Bronko Nagurski Legends Award. And Greg Sanders will receive the 2017 Defender of the Nation Award sponsored by The Independence Fund.
ACN, Inc. is overjoyed to continue on as the presenting sponsor for this event. “The Bronko Nagurski award is an important tradition for ACN,” said ACN, Inc. President and Co-Founder Greg Provenzano. “These finalists represent the elite of college football and embody the qualities of hard work and dedication that ACN is also known for.”
The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA) which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. Founded in 1997, the NCFAA offers 24 awards and boasts overs 800 recipients, dating to 1935. For more information, visit the association’s website, www.NCFAA.org.
About ACN, Inc.
ACN, Inc. founded in 1993, is the world’s largest direct seller of telecommunications, energy and essential services for residential and business customers. ACN provides the services people need and use every day including phone service, high-speed internet, wireless, television, security and automation, computer support, payment processing and natural gas and electricity. ACN operates in 25 countries with offices located throughout North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and the Pacific. For more information, visit myacn.com. For information on ACN’s home-based business opportunity, visit acninc.com.
About the Football Writers Association of America
The Football Writers Association of America, founded in 1941, consists of 1,300 men and women who cover college football. The membership includes journalists, broadcasters and publicists, as well as key executives in all the areas that involve the game. The FWAA works to govern areas that include game-day operations, major awards and its annual All-America team. For more information about the FWAA and its award programs, contact Steve Richardson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Charlotte Touchdown Club
The Charlotte Touchdown Club is a non-profit organization founded in 1991 for the purpose of promoting high school, collegiate, and professional football in the Charlotte, N.C., region. The club’s activities and services focus community attention on the outstanding citizenship, scholarship, sportsmanship, and leadership of area athletes and coaches. Since 1991, the club has raised more than $2,000,000 to benefit area high school and collegiate athletics. For more information, contact John Rocco (704-347-2918 or email@example.com). The official website of the Charlotte Touchdown Club is touchdownclub.com.
About Florida East Coast Railway
Florida East Coast Railway is a regional freight railroad that extends along a 351-mile corridor between Jacksonville, Fla., and Miami, Fla., with exclusive rail access to the Port of Palm Beach, Port Everglades (Ft. Lauderdale) and the Port of Miami. For more information, visit fecrwy.com.
Electrolux is a global leader in appliances for household and professional use, selling more than 50 million products to customers in more than 150 countries every year. The company focuses on innovations that are thoughtfully designed, based on extensive consumer insight, to meet the real needs of consumers and professionals. Electrolux products include refrigerators, dishwashers, washing machines, vacuum cleaners, cookers and air-conditioners sold under esteemed brands such as Electrolux, Frigidaire, Kelvinator, AEG, and Eureka. In 2012, Electrolux had sales of $17 billion ($5.1 billion in North America) and 58,000 employees. The Electrolux North American headquarters is located at 10200 David Taylor Drive, Charlotte, NC 28262 in the University Research Park. For more information visit http://newsroom.electrolux.com/us/.
About the Independence Fund
The Independence Fund is a nonprofit organization that empowers our nation’s severely wounded veterans and the caregivers who support them to take control of their lives. Through its dedicated mobility and treatment programs, the Fund assists veterans in transforming their lives toward a better future. The Independence Fund believes we owe it to our veterans to provide the resources they need to move forward and build a strong foundation toward lasting emotional and physical healing in order to reestablish their independence. To learn more, visit www.independencefund.org.
About the Bronko Nagurski Trophy
The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is presented annually by the Charlotte Touchdown Club and Football Writers Association of America to the nation’s most outstanding NCAA defensive football player at the Bronko Nagurski Banquet in Charlotte, NC. All proceeds benefit the Charlotte Touchdown Club Scholarship Fund.
For more information visit www.touchdownclub.com.