ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Air Force safety Weston Steelhammer took the Pat Tillman Award on Friday night at the East-West Shrine Game banquet.
The award is presented at the college football all-star showcase to the “player who best exemplifies intelligence, sportsmanship, and service. The award celebrates a student athlete’s achievements and conduct on and off the football field.”
Steelhammer, who holds Air Force’s record with 18 interceptions, will add this to a list of accolades that includes AP third-team All-America, Lott IMPACT Trophy finalist, Jim Thorpe Award semifinalist, three first-team All-Mountain West selections and a slew of student-athlete awards dating back to high school when the valedictorian was a finalist for Louisiana’s High School Heisman and was one of five recipients nationally of the High School Scholar-Athlete awards given by the NFL and College Football Hall of Fame.
“Weston epitomizes everything this award is about,” Shrine Game executive director Harold Richardson said. “Through his service in the Air Force, he has demonstrated commitment, sacrifice, and dedication to our country. On and off the field, he has exhibited his outstanding character.”
Steelhammer is joined at the Shrine Game by Air Force teammate Weston Steelhammer. The game will be broadcast Saturday at 1 p.m. on the NFL Network.
“Such an incredible and humbling experience it’s been,” said Steelhammer. “After our visit to the Shriners Hospital, we hope that we can impact their lives as much as they impact ours.”
Here’s a bit of The Gazette’s coverage of Steelhammer through the years:
- Air Force sophomore safety Weston Steelhammer benefits from focusing on football
- Under rules change, AFA’s Steelhammer wouldn’t have been ejected from bowl game
- Weston Steelhammer makes loud entrance for Air Force after missing first half for targeting
- Versatile Steelhammer among Air Force seniors hungry to win Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy
- AP names Air Force’s Steelhammer to All-America team
- Air Force’s Weston Steelhammer doesn’t take Lott Trophy, but he’s happy with the many boxes he’s checked
- Intangibles help Air Force players stand out to teammates at East-West Shrine Game