Gilbee Chosen For Burlsworth Award for Mohawk Football

Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Gilbee accepts the award from his coach, Michael Harrell.(TD photo/Tim Blair)

Last week Piggott Mohawk football coach Michael Harrell announced the winner of this year's Brandon Burlsworth Award. Chosen for the honor from 2015 squad was Gabriel Gilbee.

Each year every high school football program in Arkansas nominates one player from their team to receive the award. The honor is given to a player who "should be of good moral character and demonstrates a desire to excel in the class room. This award recognizes the student athlete who puts their team first and is not looking to just draw attention to themselves," according to the Burlsworth Foundation.

The Harrison native, who excelled as a lineman for the University of Arkansas, was tragically killed in an automobile accident just days after being drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in 1999.

"You were chosen not only for the way you played the game, but also for the way you conduct yourself off the football field, and the type of man you are," Harrell explained as he presented the recognition to Gilbee. "This award is special, and I can't think of anyone who deserves it more."

Gilbee will also be recognized for the award during the annual Mohawk sports assembly in the spring.

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