Following Florida State football practice on Tuesday, offensive lineman Alec Eberle was named to the Allstate Good Works Team in surprising fashion when he walked into the team’s dining room. Prior to the announcement, the sophomore from Mechanicsville, Virginia had no idea he was going to receive the award on that day, however knew he was a nominee and winning was a possibility.
The award, one of the most esteemed off-the-field awards handed out in college football, is based on community work. In his instance, Eberle, president of Florida State’s chapter for Uplifting Athletes, helped and organized an event with Kidz1stFund that raised over $16,000 for Fanconi anemia, a rare blood disorder that affects children, including coach Jimbo Fisher’s son, Ethan.
Eberle joins a team that also includes fellow ACC players; Clemson’s Deshaun Watson, Duke’s DaVon Edwards and Georgia Tech’s KeShun Freeman. Eberle was voted on from a panel that includes former award winners, current media members, as well as current and former AFCA presidents.