BIRMINGHAM, AL -- The Birmingham-based Monday Morning Quarterback Club awarded its Southeastern Conference Most Valuable Player Awards to Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M) for back of the year, and Barrett Jones (Alabama) for lineman of the year, at its annual banquet this Monday evening.
Recognized as the premier conference award in the most prestigious football conference in America, it recognizes the achievements of this year’s recipients, which continue to be the highest in college football.
Manziel, a freshman and more commonly referred to as “Johnny Football,” has impressed the nation with 4,600 yards and 43 touchdowns this season and a win over No. 1 ranked Alabama. He is also up for the Heisman Trophy, which no freshman has ever won.
Jones, a 6-foot-5-inch, 302-pound senior, has anchored one of the nation’s top offensive lines this season. He has graded out at an average of 89.7 percent and has only missed six assignments on 606 plays.
Manziel was in Birmingham to accept the award and support this great organization and the work it does for children in the Birmingham community. Others receiving awards will be the Most Valuable Players in the Iron bowl: Eddie Lacy and Robert Lester (Alabama), and Tre Mason and Gabe Wright (Auburn). Gene Stallings, former Texas A&M football player and former A&M and Alabama head coach, will be the guest speaker for the event.
The Monday Morning Quarterback Club (MMQBC) initiated the first Southeastern Conference Most Valuable Player Award in 1944, giving the award to Monk Gafford of Auburn University. Past recipients have included many greats from the world of college football, such as Heisman Trophy winners Billy Cannon (LSU); PatSullivan, Cam Newton and Bo Jackson (Auburn); Herschel Walker (UGA); Danny Wuerffel (Florida); and Mark Ingram (Alabama).
During its 74 years, the MMQBC, along with the Crippled Children’s Foundation, has donated more than $20 million to some 50 organizations that focus on helping children. The 600-member MMQBC, one of the largest and oldest clubs in America, is unique in that its main focus is charity based.
About Birmingham Monday Morning Quarterback Club:
Since its creation in 1939, the MMQBC of Birmingham has been one of the most active clubs in the nation. Beyond its basic football premise, the Quarterback Club has remained over the years a most financially generous organization by using the fellowship among football lovers to create enthusiasm for charitable support of sick and injured children. Through its charitable arm, the Crippled Children’s Foundation, the club has contributed millions to help meet children’s medical needs.
About the Crippled Children’s Foundation:
The Crippled Children's Foundation provides direct financialsupport to nonprofit organizations providing vital medical services to children, services that would not otherwise be available. In 2012, with thefunds raised by the Monday Morning Quarterback Club of Birmingham and earnings from the Crippled Children's Foundation, $1.25 million was contributed to 20 local charities related to children’s medical needs.