DALLAS (FWAA) – Three brothers share the weekly nomination
for the 2010 Discover Orange Bowl Courage Award, to be announced
at the end of the season by the Football Writers Association
Andrew, Colter and Paul Phillips, of Darnestown, Md., lost their
father, William D. "Bill" Phillips, in a plane crash in Alaska last
Andrew is a fifth-year senior and starting guard at Stanford.
Colter is a sophomore tight end at Virginia. Paul is a redshirting
freshman at Indiana. They were preparing for the start of the college
football season when tragedy struck.
Their younger brother, Willy Phillips, 13, was one of four survivors.
Five people were killed, including former U.S. Senator Ted Stevens
of Alaska; Bill Phillips, 56, a former college football player at
Evansville, had worked on Stevens' staff from 1981-86. The plane
crash occurred on a remote mountainside during a salmon fishing
All three brothers considered whether to play football this season,
but decided to return to school and play. Andrew Phillips is a three-year
starter at guard for the 9-1 Cardinal. Colter Phillips has moved
into the Cavaliers' starting lineup; he has three touchdown catches.
Paul Phillips is redshirting this season.
"I feel like I'm 10 years older than I was when my dad died,"
Colter Phillips told the Washington Post. "But it's what you've
got to do, and you've just got to keep moving forward and staying
positive. Now, every day when I wake up I just try to live it like
it's going to be the best day of my life because you never know
when it's going to end, and I learned that really personally.
"I'm going to carry that with me the rest of my life."
the fifth straight year, the Football Writers Association of
America and the Discover Orange Bowl will announce a
weekly nominee for the Discover Orange Bowl Courage Award
each Wednesday during the season. A blue-ribbon panel will determine
the award's recipient from those weekly nominees. The recipient
of the Courage Award will be announced in December and presented
with the trophy in conjunction with this year's Discover Orange
The Courage Award was created by ESPN The Magazine's senior writer
Gene Wojciechowski, also an FWAA member. A select group of FWAA
members vote on the recipient each year. The requirements for nomination
include displaying courage on or off the field, including overcoming
an injury or physical handicap, preventing a disaster or living
Previous winners of the FWAA's Courage Award are the Connecticut
Huskies (2009), Tulsa's Wilson Holloway (2008), Navy's Zerbin Singleton
(2007), Clemson's Ray Ray McElrathbey (2006), the Tulane Green Wave
(2005), Memphis' Haracio Colen (2004), San Jose State's Neil Parry
(2003) and Toledo's William Bratton (2002).
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with the Discover Orange Bowl on January 3, 2011. Other OBC core
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Bowl International Tennis Championships and Orange Bowl Sailing
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2010 Orange Bowl Courage Award Nominees
• Sept. 29: Zac Etheridge, Auburn and Rodney Scott,
• Oct. 6: Jon Hoese, Minnesota
• Oct. 13: Marquez Herrod, Colorado
• Oct. 20: Matt Anderson, North Dakota State
• Oct. 27: Jamie Hampton, Troy
• Nov. 3: Ricky Dobbs, Navy
• Nov. 17: Andrew, Colter and Paul Phillips
• Nov. 24: Mississippi State Bulldogs
• Dec. 1: Eric LeGrand, Rutgers