If you grew up on Nickelodeon during the 1990s, you may remember a show called "The Secret World of Alex Mack".  This series was about a girl with extraordinary abilities who, quite honestly, just wanted a normal life.  I won't spoil the ending for you, but there's another Alex Mack out there that does have extraordinary abilities.

This Alex Mack, though, isn't fictional.  He is the center for the University of California Golden Bears from the Pac-10 Conference.  Recently he was named an All-American.  He was also named the Pac-10 Scholar-Athlete of the year for 2008.  And this week, he was awarded the Draddy Throphy at the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame awards dinner in New York.

The Draddy Trophy recognizes a collegiate football player as the best in the USA for "combined athletic success, football performance and exemplary community leadership" (source here).  Alex recently graduated magna cum lade in legal studies with a GPA of 3.61.  He's now pursuing a Master's degree in education.  And, thanks to his efforts in the classroom, on the field and in his community, he has been given a $25,000 post-graduate scholarship and a pretty big trophy.  Seriously.  The trophy is two feet high and weighs 25 pounds.  And Alex becomes the first Pac-10 player to win this prestigious award.

During his undergraduate career, Alex was a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and, more recently, was the poster model for a "Dancing with the Stars" fundraiser event.  If I can find the poster, I'll post it in another entry.  The funds raised will go to help underprivileged children in the San Francisco area.  He also volunteers his time in many after-school programs.

Previous winners of the Draddy Trophy include Peyton Manning, Chad Pennington, Matt Stinchcomb and Kyle Vandenbosch.

World Financial Group is proud of Alex's accomplishments both on and off the gridiorn.  And look for more Pac-10 coverage here!

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