Fuller Recipient of Burlsworth Award for PHS

Thursday, December 15, 2016
Mohawk multi-sport standout athlete Bret Fuller is recipient of the 2016 Brandon Burlsworth Award for the PHS football team. Fuller (right) was recognized and presented with the award late last week at the Mohawk Athletic Complex by head coach Michael Harrell.(TD photo/Tim Blair)

Recently, Piggott Mohawk Head Football Coach Michael Harrell announced the winner of this year's Brandon Burlsworth Award. Chosen for the honor from the 2016 squad is stand-out senior Bret Fuller.

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.

One of only three seniors on the historic 2016 Mohawk squad, Fuller is a multi-sport athlete for the Tribe. In the eyes of his coach, the decision on who should win the award was an easy one.

"This is a character award, and it's based on your character both on and off the field," he explained in making the presentation. " You earned it, and I'm proud of you."

As recipient of the award Fuller was presented with a special plaque, copy of the Brandon Burlsworth book, movie, movie poster and a pair of Burlsworth-style glasses. He will also be recognized for the award during the upcoming Mohawk Football Awards Banquet, set for mid-January at the Piggott Community Center.

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