The Walter Camp Football Foundation has announced its All-America Alumni NFL Offensive and Defensive Players of the week for games ending December 28.
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
DREW BREES, Quarterback, New Orleans Saints
Drew Brees completed 25-of-26 passes for 412 yards and three touchdowns as the New Orleans Saints defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars, 38-27. A collegiate standout at Purdue, Brees was a two-time Walter Camp All-America Second Team honoree (1999 and 2000).
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
AKEEM AYERS, Linebacker, St. Louis Rams
Akeem Ayers recorded four tackles, 0.5 quarterback sacks, and recovered two fumbles (including one for a touchdown) as the St. Louis Rams defeated the Seattle Seahawks, 23-17. A collegiate standout at UCLA, Ayers was a 2010 Walter Camp Second Team All-American.
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