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East-West Shrine Bowl Presents Pat Tillman Award to FIU's James Morgan

Each year, the East-West Shrine Bowl presents the Pat Tillman Award to recognize the player who best exemplifies intelligence, sportsmanship and service. The award celebrates a student athlete’s achievements and conduct on and off the football field. The 2020 recipient is Florida International University (FIU) quarterback, James Morgan.

Throughout his career, Morgan has demonstrated a relentless drive and great awareness on the field. He wrapped up his senior season at FIU leading the team with 2,585 yards passing and 14 scores through the air. His 14 touchdowns added to his career FIU total of 40, which ranked as the second-most all-time in program history.

“It’s truly an honor,” said Morgan. “You talk about Pat Tillman and the incredible sacrifice he made giving up an NFL dream, what all of us are here working for, to go serve our country and protect our freedom. It really means a lot.”

Morgan started his Shrine Bowl experience with a visit to Shriners Healthcare for Children — Florida, where he played with patients on the basketball court, taking photos and signing autographs. He spent the week practicing with his teammates under East Head Coach Mike Caldwell, inside linebackers coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

“This entire week spending time with the children of Shriners Hospitals and seeing their attitudes towards life has been an incredible and eye-opening experience, extremely inspirational, and something that will have a lasting impact on me for a long time,” said Morgan.