NORTHBROOK, Ill., September 15, 2015 – Rice quarterback Driphus Jackson is one of 22 student-athletes who have been selected by the Allstate Insurance Company and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) to the 2015 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®.
The most esteemed off-the-field honor in college football. the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® is comprised of athletes who have used their limited free time to perform inspirational acts of service. This summer, the program received an all-time record high 197 nominations from colleges and universities across the country.
“Allstate is proud to continue the legacy of recognizing student-athletes for their role in making a positive impact in their local communities,” said Pam Hollander, vice president of marketing for Allstate. “The ‘good works’ of these individuals is an inspiration to us all and we are thrilled to recognize another team of young men that are truly making a difference both on and off the football field.”
Jackson is the third Owl to be named the team in the 24 years since it was first created, joining Corey Seymour in 1993 and Raymorris Barnes in 2004.
Jackson set the pace for community service hours for a Rice Football team that prides itself on their efforts to make a positive impact. His most active service was with the Nehemiah Center which is a small preschool which serves as a safe haven from gangs, drugs, and violence. In recognition of his efforts, Jackson was asked to be the speaker at their “Have a Heart” Ceremony.
In addition to his service to education, Driphus serves on our leadership team for Team Ziggy, which provides support to seven-year old cancer patient Fre’derick “Ziggy” Stoval-Redd. The football team adopted Ziggy, who has twice battled leukemia. Driphus has taken time to play football with Ziggy at any chance he gets, watch Superman (Ziggy’s favorite) with him while he’s getting treatments at the hospital, and given Ziggy the big brother he has always wanted.
Jakcson also mentors 2 local students one on one, serves on Rice’s Student Athlete Advisory Committee, and is active in multiple groups within the Houston community. In his “spare” time Driphus has spent time volunteering with the Sunshine Kids and visiting patients at Texas Children’s Hospital and the MD Anderson Cancer Institute.
Since being established in 1992, the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® has highlighted the importance of community service and volunteerism. From sponsoring orphans in Ethiopia, to founding a program that helps underprivileged youth pursue a college degree, these 22 men continue to change their communities for the better.
College football fans can vote for the 2015 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® Captain at ESPN.com/Allstate through November 25, 2015. The Team Captain and his fellow award recipients will be invited to New Orleans to participate in a community project before the 2016 Allstate® Sugar Bowl®.
The 2015 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® voting panel included: former Good Works Team® members Zaid Abdul-Aleem (Duke, 1994 team), Matt Stinchcomb (Georgia, 1997, 1998 teams), Brian Brenberg (St. Thomas, 2001 team), Mike Proman (Amherst, 2002 team); media members Jesse Palmer (ESPN), Kirk Herbstreit (ESPN), Bruce Feldman (Fox Sports), Blair Kerkhoff (Kansas City Star); current AFCA President and University of Cincinnati head coach Tommy Tuberville; 1987 AFCA President and former head coach at Brigham Young University LaVell Edwards; along with an Allstate representative.