Rudy Ruettiger and Drew Bledsoe Search for America’s Most Inspiring High School Football Players

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Second annual High School Football Rudy Awards gives $25,000 in college scholarships to players with the most heart, not the highest stats. Entries close November 23rd, 2010

Sean Astin in lead role of RUDY, carried off the field

When I was a little kid playing football, I was watching Rudy’s movie. He was an inspiration to me. To be here with him and have an award named after him is just amazing.

Trusted Sports, Inc. in partnership with Daniel ‘Rudy’ Ruettiger have announced their search for the 2010 High School Football Rudy Awards nominees. With nominations ending on November 23rd, 2010 time is running out for coaches, parents and friends to nominate someone they believe is one of the nation’s most inspirational high school football players. A total of $25,000 in academic scholarships will be awarded to those players who bring the most heart to the game, as opposed to the highest stats. A Selection Committee led by former New England Patriots quarterback, Drew Bledsoe, along with a fan vote will choose the winner who will receive a $10,000 college academic scholarship. Two runners-up and a fan favorite will each receive $5,000 scholarships. Anyone can nominate a player online at http://www.HighSchoolRudyAwards.com.

RUDY, the much beloved film of Ruettiger’s own dream to play for the ‘Fighting Irish’ of the University of Notre Dame inspires millions each year as the leaves change and football season commences. Calob Leindecker, named the inaugural 2009 High School Football Rudy Award recipient, lost his leg in an automobile accident. He received his scholarship from Ruettiger in an award ceremony in his hometown of Baton Rouge, LA, and now attends LSU. Upon receiving his award, Leindecker said “It doesn’t feel real. When I was a little kid playing football, I was watching Rudy’s movie. He was an inspiration to me. To be here with him and have an award named after him is just amazing”.

In 2009, 396 young athletes from 48 states were nominated by coaches, parents and teammates for this prestigious award, and generated over 2.9 million votes and ‘inspires’ from fans across the country. Trusted Sports developed the High School Football Rudy Awards to recognize outstanding youth athletes, not because of their scores or rankings, but because of their ability to inspire teammates, classmates and communities. Selection Committee Chairman, Drew Bledsoe commented, “Nothing matches the purity of heart and desire of a high school athlete determined to overcome all obstacles. The motivation has nothing to do with money or fame. High school athletes, and especially the ones being considered for the Rudy Awards, are motivated to prove there is no injury too severe, no setback too big and no circumstance too difficult to overcome”.

The 2010 Selection Committee includes notable sporting personalities such as Leigh Anne Tuohy, mother of Baltimore Ravens player Michael Oher and inspirational figure of the film The Blind Side; Shaun Alexander, former Seattle Seahawks running back and NFL MVP; and NBC Football Sideline Reporter, Andrea Kremer.

About Trusted Sports

The High School Football Rudy Awards are operated by Trusted Sports, Inc. who has a focus on getting and keeping kids in the game. Trusted Sports empowers young athletes to live up to their full potential through positive sports experiences that form active, healthy habits for a lifetime.

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