Roddy Jones on Tuesday was named a nominee for the Allstate AFCA "Good Works" Team, an award that honors football players for community service they perform off the field.
A two-sport athlete at Georgia Tech, Jones is the Yellow Jackets' featured A-back who sprinted his way into most fans' hearts in November 2008 when he torched rival Georgia for a 214-yard, two-touchdown performance to buoy Tech's streak-busting win over the Bulldogs.
Jones also played baseball this past spring, serving as a little-used centerfielder. At the same time he was playing baseball, he was also completing his football commitments by participating in spring practice.
OK, so those are his athletic exploits, check out his work in the greater Atlanta community (the following is from the "Good Works" press release):
As a nominee, Jones boasts an impressive resume of community service accomplishments:
- He served as speaker at Georgia Tech’s annual Kids@Kollege event, which benefits Atlanta-based children organizations by bringing kids on campus for a day of academic and recreational activities
- Took part in the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) STRIVE Academy field day, instilling the importance of a positive academic environment and higher education to middle school students
- Played in the BlazeSports Charity Wheelchair Basketball game to raise money for BlazeSports Clubs, a program that offers high quality sports instruction, training and competition opportunities to children and adults with physical disabilities
There are 112 nominees for the team, which hands out 11 spots at the end of the season. Past winners include Peyton and Eli Manning, Trent Dilfer, Tim Tebow and Gerald McCoy.
I can definitely vouch for Roddy. If it's a "Good Guy" award they're handing out, he's first-class in that regard, all the way.