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Congratulations to Aggie, Jake Matthews for being named the FCA Bobby Bowden Award Winner!

 


(pictured above, Jake with Coach Bobby Bowden, and Jake with his family)

Jake Matthews wins Seminole Tribe of Florida Bobby Bowden Award Given by FCA to FBS Player who Best Epitomizes the Student-Athlete

    Pasadena, CA – Jake Matthews of Texas A&M won the Seminole Tribe of Florida Bobby Bowden Award. It was presented by coach Bowden Friday morning at the FCA breakfast in Irvine California at the BCS site. As a junior in 2012, Matthews was a first-team All-Southeastern Conference(SEC) selection.He also received first team All-American honors by the Football Writers Association of America. During his senior season, Matthews played left tackle after playing right tackle for the previous three seasons. As a senior in 2013, Matthews was again a first-team All-Southeastern Conference(SEC) selection. In some NFL draft scenarios Matthews is considered the second overall pick. Matthew’s father is Tennessee Titans coach Bruce Matthews.
The Bobby Bowden award recognizes the Football Bowl Subdivision player who epitomizes a student-athlete. He must conduct himself as a faith model in the classroom, on the field, on the campus and in the community. He must carry a 3.0 GPA. To win, he must also have the backing of his school's Athletic Director and Head Football coach.
    The award is named after former Florida State University football head coach Bobby Bowden. It was conceived by Vince Gibson, a former Bowden assistant at South Georgia College who went on to become head coach at Kansas State, Louisville and Tulane long before he passed away in 2012 from Lou Gehrig's disease; and Vernon Brinson, one of Bowden’s former players at South Georgia College in the 1950s.
The Award is sponsored by The Seminole Tribe of Florida.



Congratulations to Coach Mark Johnson for his induction into the National FCA Hall of Champions.

FCA President Les Steckel announced the induction of 4 new members in October saying, “This is a tremendous class entering the Hall of Champions. These four men have spent decades making a tremendous impact on the world for Jesus Christ through the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. They epitomize FCA’s core values of integrity, serving, teamwork and excellence.”

    Johnson spent 42 years as a college baseball coach, including 21 years as the head coach at Texas A&M and five years leading the program at Sam Houston State. He also spent 16 years as an assistant at New Mexico, Arizona, Mississippi State and Texas A&M.

    In 2007, Johnson was the recipient of FCA’s Jerry Kindall Character in Coaching Award, presented annually to the college or high school baseball coach who best exemplifies the Christian principles of character, integrity, serving, teamwork and excellence on and off the baseball field. During his career, he participated faithfully in FCA Huddles across the country, and often served as speaker at FCA events and as the head baseball clinician at FCA Camps.

    Johnson has served on local FCA Boards of Directors in two locations and is an faithful donor to the organization. His family has also been active in FCA. Johnson’s wife, Linda, has led coaches’ wives Bible studies, and his sons became Christians at FCA Camps and continue to be heavily involved in FCA activities.Coach Johnson serves locally on the Brazos Valley FCA board of Directors.