Tallahassee, FL - Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder has been selected as one of 10 finalists for the 2010 Wuerffel Trophy, presented to a college football player who best combines exemplary community service with outstanding academic and athletic achievement.
Presented by the All Sports Association, Inc., the award is named after former Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel, who led Florida to the 1996 national championship and distinguished himself off the field for his humanitarian and community service efforts through his Desire Street Ministries in New Orleans and around the country.
Ponder, a Wuerffel finalist for the second consecutive year, is one of the most decorated student-athletes in Florida State history. The fifth-year senior holds an undergraduate degree in finance, completed his MBA this past spring and is working on a second graduate degree in sports management. He was recently awarded one of 16 National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete awards and is a finalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy, presented to the nation’s top scholar-athlete. An ESPN All-District Academic selection, he is a candidate for CoSIDA Academic All-America honors and is one of 10 semifinalists for the Unitas Golden Arm Award, which recognizes the nation’s top senior quarterback for his leadership on and off the field.
Off the field, Ponder has demonstrated an unparalleled commitment to community service. He is currently serving as president of the Red Cross Noles, an FSU service organization dedicated to the American Red Cross mission, which is spear-heading the Nov. 14 American Red Cross Super CPR Day. Ponder will take part in the event, with the mission of training and certifying students and community members in CPR.
A frequent speaker in local schools about the importance of academics, Ponder has also worked actively with the Leon County Animal Shelter, United Way of the Big Bend, American Cancer Society, Tobacco Free Florida, Tallahassee Boy’s Town, Children’s Home Society and the Dick Howser Center for Childhood Services. As Florida State’s leader in community service hours among student-athletes, Ponder received national recognition by being selected to the 2010 Allstate AFCA Good Works team. He is involved with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and a member of Florida State’s Burning Spear Society.
On the field, Ponder has already helped the Seminoles secure a nation-leading 29th consecutive bowl appearance. He ranks among the top five in virtually ever school career passing category.
The winner of the Wuerffel Trophy will be formally announced on December 7 and honored at the All Sports Association’s 42nd Annual Awards Banquet in February.