Rollison nominated for nation’s top football All-Star game

By BOBBY "BUTCH" BURNEY, News-Telegram Sports Editor

May 9, 2008 - Uncle Sam wants Tyrik.

To play football, that is.

Two sergeants from the U.S. Army came to the SSHS Fieldhouse Thursday morning to officially notify Wildcat quarterback Tyrik Rollison that he is nominated to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, the most prestigious of all prep All-Star games.

Rollison is one of 400 high school seniors across the nation who have been nominated. The top 90 will be invited to play in the All-American Bowl on Jan. 3, 2009 in the Alamodome in San Antonio. The game will be televised live on NBC.

"Why has the Army teamed up with high school football?" asked Army SFC Clarence Curtis. "Because the things that make you successful on the football field are things that we teach in the Army - teamwork, dedication and leadership."

Rollison, who is one of the top five quarterbacks in the nation, according to scouting service Rivals.com, will be notified in December if he is one of the top 90 selected.

Rollison was a First Team All-State selection last fall by the Associated Press Sports Editors, and was a Second Team honoree on the Texas Sports Writers Association list. He was the MVP of District 11-4A as well after setting virtually all of the SSHS school passing records as as junior.

While Rollison was the one who got the accolades on Thursday, Curtis made it clear to the rest of the team - who were in attendance for the presentation - that they were part of the recognition.

"He couldn't be here today without all of you," Curtis said. "A quarterback is no good without receivers, blockers and running backs.

"This is to recognized all of you for the hard work and dedication you've put in."

The bowl game is sponsored by the U.S. Army and SportsLink.

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