Carl Pendleton Wins Bowden AwardPosted: January 8, 2007
Oklahoma defensive tackle Carl Pendleton has been named the recipient of the 2006 Bobby Bowden Award. The honor is bestowed annually by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Pendleton, who graduated from OU in December as a sociology major and religious studies minor, gained national attentioin during the season when it was announced he would forgo his senior season of elibility. The Sapulpa, Okla., native said he made the decision after becoming the legal guardian for his 11-year-old brother, Kierstan.
Subsequently, Pendleton received one of the National Football Foundation’s Post-Graduate Scholarships, an $18,000 grant the honor student will use to pursue graduate studies at OU.
Pendleton also is a finalist for the John Wooden Citizenship Cup, which presented annually by Athletes for a Better World. Earlier, he was announced as a finalist for the Football Writers Association of America Courage Award and the Danny Wuerffel Trophy.
The Bowden Award, named after Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden, is presented at the site of the BCS national championship game.
According to FCA, the award highlights the collegiate football player who best epitomizes the term student-athlete. The person selected is one of character, classroom excellence, athletic achievement and community involvement. This award combines the role modeling of the NFL Player of the Year Award, the Heisman for best collegiate player performance on the field and the CoSiDA Academic Award for classroom excellence.