Big news out of Lincoln today that has to do with more than just football. Senior starting defensive tackle Jared Crick was named as a candidate the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award List, an end of the year award that honors a football player who exemplifies Community, Classroom, Character, and Competition. Though this may not be the Heisman Trophy, this is still one of the best awards out there. Crick is actively involved outside of football.
For Community, Crick has been involved in Nebraska’s Life Skills, which helps student athletes transition to life after football. It also gives them a wonderful opportunity to be involved in young peoples lives and to make an impact. Jared has also been a two time member of the Brooks Berringer Citizenship Team, which recognizes outstanding community service by Husker football players.
Crick has already graduated college, needing four years to earn a degree in history. He has also been a member of the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll. Crick also decided to stay in school and complete his degree, rather than opt out and enter the draft early. This to me says a lot about his character. He has a tireless work ethic, constantly wanting to be out of the shadow of the behemoth named Suh. It is assumed that Crick will also be named a season captain for the Big Red (only game captains are chosen, not season until after the final game).
We all know about what Crick has done on the field, from 9.5 sacks in each of the past two seasons to being an All-American. Jared was also named the Preseason B1G 10 Defensive Player of the Year, quite an honor. If Crick were to be named a first team all conference member this year, he would be only the 22nd Husker to earn that award 3 times in Nebraska’s storied football tradition.
Let’s give it up for Jared Crick, for doing more than just play football.