The Walter Camp Football Foundation has announced its All-America Alumni NFL Offensive and Defensive Players of the week for games ending September 21.
About the Award: The Walter Camp Foundation has more than 300 of its All-American alumni currently on NFL rosters. The Foundation’s All-America teams date back to 1889, and the Foundation has also selected a Second Team since 1998. Each week during the NFL regular-season, the Walter Camp Foundation will recognize one offensive and one defensive player as its Alumni Players of the Week.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
ADRIAN PETERSON, Running Back, Minnesota Vikings
Adrian Peterson rushed for 134 yards on 29 carries as the Minnesota Vikings defeated the Detroit Lions, 26-16. Peterson was a three-year standout at the University of Oklahoma and rushed for 4,245 yards – the second-highest career total in OU history. Peterson set the school record with 1,925 yards in 2004 and was named a Walter Camp First Team All-American.
Photo Credit: Pittsburgh Steelers / Karl Roser and Arron Anastasia (Top Photo)
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
RYAN SHAZIER, Linebacker, Pittsburgh Steelers
Ryan Shazier recorded 15 tackles (11 solo) and had one quarterback sack, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery as the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the San Francisco 49ers, 43-18. Shazier was a three-year starter for The Ohio State University, and earned Walter Camp Second Team All-America honors in 2013.
Walter Camp, “The Father of American football,” first selected an All-America team in 1889. Camp – a former Yale University athlete and football coach – is also credited with developing play from scrimmage, set plays, the numerical assessment of goals and tries and the restriction of play to eleven men per side. The Walter Camp Football Foundation (www.waltercamp.org, @WalterCampFF) – a New Haven-based all-volunteer group – was founded in 1967 to perpetuate the ideals of Camp and to continue the tradition of selecting annually an All-America team. The Foundation is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA). The NCFAA was founded in 1997 as a coalition of the major collegiate football awards to protect, preserve and enhance the integrity, influence and prestige of the game’s predominant awards. The NCFAA encourages professionalism and the highest standards for the administration of its member awards and the selection of their candidates and recipients. For more information, visit the association’s website, www.ncfaa.org