Sept. 20, 2011
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern senior offensive lineman Al Netter has been named a member of the 2011 Allstate American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Good Works Team® in recognition of his dedication to community service and off-the-field accomplishments. This marks the sixth consecutive year a Wildcat has been among the 11 Football Bowl Subdivision players chosen, the longest streak for any school in the program's 20-year history.
A program-record 132 nominees were considered for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® squads in 2011. A special voting panel consisting of former Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® members and current college football broadcasters narrowed the field to 22 finalists -- 11 FBS representatives and 11 representing the Football Championship Subdivision and Divisions II, III and the NAIA.
Allstate and the AFCA are encouraging fans to visit ESPN.com and search "Good Works" to view player profiles and vote for a team captain from among the finalists.
A Northwestern captain and member of NU's Leadership Council for the last two years, Netter has started 42 consecutive games at left tackle for the Wildcats and is a two-time honorable mention All-Big Ten performer.
Off the field, the Rohnert Park, Calif., native has gone to great lengths to help those less fortunate at home and abroad. In 2010, Netter traveled to Guatemala on an alternative spring break trip during which he helped cultivate farmland for local residents as well as teach English and prepare meals at an orphanage. More recently, Netter was a founding member of the Northwestern chapter of Uplifting Athletes, which raises money for individuals with Niemann-Pick Type C, a rare genetic cholesterol storage disorder that deteriorates the nervous system.
"We are all so proud of Al and what his 'good works' have meant to those he has touched throughout his career as a football student-athlete at Northwestern," said Margaret Akerstrom, associate athletic director for academic services. "In particular, we were simply amazed at the stories and pictures that Al brought back with him from his trip to Guatemala where he worked at an orphanage. For him, this was a life-altering experience which reminded him of his many opportunities as an FBS football player as well as his constant and continuing responsibilities to assist those less-advantaged."
Netter joins former Wildcats Corbin Bryant (2010), Andrew Brewer (2009), Eric Peterman (2008), Adam Kadela (2007) and Joel Howells (2006) as NU representatives named to the squad. As part of the honor, Netter is invited to attend the Allstate Sugar Bowl for a ceremony and associated service projects in the New Orleans area.
2011 FBS Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®
Robert Griffin, Jr., QB, Baylor
Chris Potter, Jr., WR, Boise State
Brian Lockridge, Sr., RB, Colorado
Aron White, Sr., TE, Georgia
Jacob Lewellen, Jr., DL, Kentucky
Jared Crick, Sr., DL, Nebraska
Al Netter, Sr., OL, Northwestern
Dayne Crist, Sr., QB, Notre Dame
Matt Barkley, Jr., QB, Southern California
Wayne Tribue, Sr., OL, Temple
Emmanuel Acho, Sr., LB, Texas
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