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Pat Tillman Award

  • Pat Tillman was a professional football player who walked away from the game after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 to join the U.S. Army and fight for our country. A stand-out at Arizona State University, Tillman was named Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year as a senior before being drafted by the Arizona Cardinals.

    After just three years in the NFL, Tillman turned down a multi-million dollar contract offer from the Cardinals to enlist in the U.S. Army. Tillman served multiple tours of duty, including Operation Iraqi Freedom, before he was killed during a mission in Afghanistan in 2004.

    The East-West Shrine Bowl® Pat Tillman Award is presented to a player who best exemplifies character, intelligence, sportsmanship and service. The award is about a student-athlete's achievements and conduct, both on and off the field.

2020 Award Recipient

Florida International University quarterback, James Morgan

James Morgan 

East-West Shrine Bowl Pat Tillman Award Recipients (2005-2020)

James Morgan, Florida International University QB (Jan. 18, 2020)
Cody Barton, Utah LB (Jan. 19, 2019)
J.T. Barrett, Ohio State QB (Jan. 20, 2018)
Weston Steelhammer, Air Force SAF (Jan. 21, 2017)
Keenan Reynolds, Navy QB (Jan. 23, 2016)
Jake Ryan, Michigan LB (Jan. 17, 2015)
Gabe Ikard, Oklahoma OC (Jan. 18, 2014)
Keith Pough, Howard LB (Jan. 19, 2013)
Tauren Poole, Tennessee RB (Jan. 21, 2012)
Josh McNary, Army LB (Jan. 22, 2011)
Mike McLaughlin, Boston College LB (Jan. 23, 2010)
Collin Mooney, Army FB (Jan. 17, 2009)
Justin Tryon, Arizona State DB (Jan. 19, 2008)
Kyle Shotwell, Cal Poly SLO LB (Jan. 20, 2007)
Charlie Peprah, Alabama SAF (Jan. 21, 2006)
Morgan Scalley, Utah SAF (Jan. 15, 2005)