Ron Brown was proud that C.J. Zimmerer made the Good Works Team.
By Randy York
Nebraska fans are in Friday’s stretch drive and down to the closing hours to vote for Academic All-American C.J. Zimmerer, so he can follow former teammate Rex Burkhead as the 2014 National Rare Disease Champion Award winner. Voters have until 11:59 p.m. tonight to show their support for Zimmerer, who is in primary contention with Florida State Fooball Coach Jimbo Fisher and Texas Quarterback Case McCoy to win the Champion’s Award.
A past president of Nebraska’s Uplifting Athletes Chapter, Zimmerer has done an excellent job of raising awareness about pediatric brain cancer, said Shawn Eichorst, who encourages Husker fans to vote for C.J., because he’s “definitely deserving of this national award,” Nebraska’s Director of Athletics said.
C.J. was the thrust behind Jack Hoffman’s 69-yard Spring Game touchdown run that paved the way for Jack to win a 2013 ESPY Award for “Best Moment” in sports. “As a competitor and a person, C.J. is in that Rex Burkhead class, and he’s always had it inside him,” said Tim Beck, Nebraska’s offensive coordinator. “C.J. has the same temperament that Rex has – all out, all the time. His personality and characteristics remind you of Rex.”
Ron Brown, Zimmerer’s position coach for his final two seasons as a Husker, said Zimmerer meets all the requirements of a student-athlete who excels academically, athletically and in life. The two-time Academic All-Big Ten fullback, played in 41 career games and made six starts his senior season. He finished with a 3.815 grade-point-average in Criminology and Criminal Justice and earned a spot on the College Football Association’s Good Works Team that is honored annually at the Sugar Bowl.
Scott Shirley, executive director of Uplifting Athletes, said the Champion Award Winner will be announced on Saturday, Feb. 1.
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