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U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY’S GRANT ROSS DEFENDER OF THE NATION WEEKLY PLAYER PROFILE

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Bio: Grant Ross comes from a family of 4 as the son of Jessie and Sheron Ross. He is a  member of cadet squadron 29, majoring in biology. He has completed Operations Air Force and was on the cadet cadre for survival training in the summer of 2016. He assisted with the USAFA Sports Camps and was part of the cadet cadre during Basic Cadet Training last summer. During his years at Kashmere High School, Ross lettered four years in football and golf and one year in basketball and wrestling. In 2012, he was the district defensive MVP.

 

Stats: 2016 – Played in 11 games, starting 10 – was third on the team in tackles with 67 … also had 5.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks.

 

Quote from U.S. Air Force Academy Head Coach Troy Calhoun:

“We’ve been fortunate in the history of the United States Air Force Academy to have some outstanding leaders who were great football players, and yet, we’ve had none finer than Grant Ross. Grant Ross epitomizes everything in which we want Air Force Football to be all about. He’s enormously well respected by his teammates (leading vote-getter for team captain), takes great pride in being an outstanding cadet and officer candidate, and has been our most productive football player in our current senior class.”

 

The recipient of the Defender of the Nation Award will be announced on November 1st from one of the Nation’s (9) military academies and institutions including Air Force Academy, The Citadel, Coast Guard Academy, Naval Academy, Norwich University, Texas A&M University, Virginia Tech, VMI and West Point and is based on exceptional leadership qualities on the field, in the classroom and in the community. The recipient must also exhibit a high standard of integrity by leading through example.

 

The annual Bronko Nagurski Trophy Awards Banquet presented by ACN, will be held on Monday, December 4th at the Charlotte Convention Center.  In addition to honoring the 2017 Defender of the Nation Award winner, the banquet will celebrate the recipient of the Bronko Nagurski Trophy sponsored by ACN and Legends Award sponsored by Florida East Coast Railway.  Notre Dame’s Ross Browner, a member of the FWAA’s 1976 All-America Team and a College Football Hall of Famer will be honored as the Legends Award winner and Georgia Head Coach Kirby Smart is slated as the keynote speaker.

 

ABOUT THE CHARLOTTE TOUCHDOWN CLUB AND ITS PRESENTING SPONSOR

The Charlotte Touchdown Club is a non-profit organization founded in 1990 for the purpose of promoting high school, collegiate, and professional football in the Charlotte, N.C., region.  Since its inception, the club has grown as well as diversified boasting a Sponsor Team of more than 80 companies.  The club’s activities and services focus community attention on the outstanding citizenship, scholarship, sportsmanship, and leadership of area athletes and coaches.  Through corporate and individual support, more than $2,000,000 has been raised to benefit the club’s scholarship efforts.  For more information, contact John Rocco (704-347-2918or jrocco@touchdownclub.com). The official website of the Charlotte Touchdown Club is www.touchdownclub.com.

 

THE INDEPENDENCE FUND

Moving Our Nation’s Wounded Heroes Towards Greater Independence!

The Independence Fund’s mission is to support the Nation’s injured and wounded Veterans with the tools to achieve their independence and freedoms they have fought so hard to preserve!  It is a laser-focused non-profit organization that provides independence to severely wounded Veterans through mobility, wellness, and caregiver support.  Those who sacrifice for our country do so willingly with great pride and honor, and it is our privilege to serve them!

 

2016 DEFENDER OF THE NATION AWARD RECIPIENT: ANDREW KING

Andrew King, Cadet at the United States Military Academy at West Point is the recipient of the inaugural Defender of the Nation Award.  A two-year starter at linebacker, King has served as Platoon Leader and Honor Officer and majors in Law and Legal Studies.  Jeff Monken, United States Military Academy Head Football Coach, commented, “Andrew is one of the finest young men I have been associated with during my coaching career.  He has the respect of everyone in the locker room as well as the Corps of Cadets for his character and his commitment to the United States Military Academy’s values of Duty, Honor, Country.  I am extremely proud of Andrew and what he has been able to accomplish at the Academy and he is truly one of America’s best.”

 

2017 DEFENDER OF THE NATION PLAYER PROFILES

  • September 21: U.S. Naval Academy / D.J. Palmore
  • September 28: U.S. Air Force Academy / Grant Ross