Star Staff Report
The Memphis Area Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) today announced four finalists for the 10th annual John “Bull” Bramlett Award presented by Brim’s Snack Foods. The award will be presented at this year’s FCA / AutoZone Liberty Bowl Prayer Breakfast on Dec. 28, to the high school football player in the Shelby County area who best exemplifies excellence on the field, as well as high character, integrity and godliness off the field.
The four finalists, all seniors and team captains, are Austin Chambers of Tipton-Rosemark Academy, Kevin Jones of Trezevant High School, Grant Lewis of White Station High School and Dejuan McQuarters of Mitchell High School.
Chambers was a Quarterback and Safety for the Rebels of TRA, while Jones was a standout on both the offensive and defensive lines for Trezevant’s Bears. Lewis was an exceptional tight end and wide receiver for the Spartans, and McQuarters was all over the field for Mitchell’s Tigers excelling at wide receiver, defensive back and as a return specialist. Each of the four finalists were leaders on teams which made it to the state playoffs and each stood out both on and off the playing field.
The finalists and their families will be guests of FCA at the annual prayer breakfast to be held at 8 a.m. on Dec. 28 at the Hilton Memphis. This year’s breakfast will feature Bill Curry, former NFL Pro-Bowl player and college coaching great.
John “Bull” Bramlett was a football and baseball standout at Memphis State University before becoming an all-pro NFL linebacker. Once known as the meanest man in the NFL, he became a dynamic speaker after his playing career ended, addressing groups across the country about his amazing turnaround after his encounter with the gospel. In August of this year, the acclaimed documentary “Taming the Bull” was released which detailed his incredible life transformation. Recent Bramlett Award recipients include Matt Thomson of St. George’s in 2012, Gray Martin of Briarcrest in 2011, and Ryan Heaston of Cordova High in 2010.
About the Fellowship of Christian Athletes: FCA is the largest interdenominational, school-based, Christian sports organization in America. Through its core values of Integrity, Serving, Teamwork and Excellence, FCA strives to make a positive impact in local communities by ministering to coaches and athletes on the professional, college, high school, middle school and youth levels. For more information on FCA, visit www.MemphisFCA.org.