Brad Banks to be 2018 Built Ford Tough Palm Beach County Football Legends Award Recipient

Former Glades Central High School and University of Iowa quarterback Brad Banks will receive this year’s Built Ford Tough Palm Beach County Football Legends Award, as announced today by Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl executive director Doug Mosley. Banks will attend and be recognized at the bowl game’s annual luncheon on Monday, Dec. 17.

“Brad Banks epitomizes what this award stands for,” said Mosley. “He had an incredible playing career and is a man of great honor and character. We are so proud to bring him back home and present him to our two bowl teams and audience at our kickoff luncheon on the day before our game.”

A native of Belle Glade, Banks was named all-state at Glades Central and All-America at Iowa. He finished as the runner-up in the 2002 Heisman Award voting and was named the AP College Football Player of the Year as well as winning the Davey O’Brien Award as the nation’s top quarterback. He went on to play six seasons in the Canadian Football League and one season in the Arena Football League.

“Anytime you have your name and legend in the same sentence is priceless, so I am grateful to be this year’s legends award winner” said Banks. “My mother being a schoolteacher and my father owning his own business really laid the foundation for what hard work and perseverance look like. I knew to be a successful athlete and student, I needed to apply the same work ethic and perseverance my parents displayed”.

The Built Ford Tough Palm Beach County Football Legends Award is an annual highlight of the Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl week. It was created to recognize the rich history of football in Palm Beach County. Previous honorees were:

2014     Howard Schnellenberger, former Florida Atlantic University head coach

2015     Reidel Anthony, Glades Central HS wide receiver

2016     John Carney, Cardinal Newman HS placekicker

2017     Steve Walsh, former Cardinal Newman HS head coach

The 2018 Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m. ET, at FAU Stadium. The game will air nationally on ESPN. For additional information about the Boca Raton Bowl, please visit cheribundibocaratonbowl.com or e-mail bocabowlmedia@orangebowl.org

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