On Dec. 12 during a middle and high school assembly in the high school, Army representatives handed Burcham a “certificate of achievement” for being selected to attend the game. Army spokesman Lee Elder said that for several years, the army has worked with an independent contractor that selects the top 80 to 90 high school football players in the country from a pool of about 400 nominees.
According to a press release, the U.S. Army All-American Bowl has been considered the nation’s premier All-American game by high school football players, coaches, and fans from across the country since it began in 2000. The release said that the game is the preeminent launching pad for America’s future college and NFL stars. Reggie Bush, Vince Young, Adrian Peterson and Brady Quinn all made their national debuts as U.S. Army All-Americans. Last year, the U.S. Army All-American Bowl set its own attendance record, as 35,151 fans attended the game at the Alamodome.
Sgt. First Class David Fuller, a recruiter based in Hopkinsville, nominated Burcham to attend the game and related activities at the army’s expense.
“Coach Burcham is an outstanding coach, but, more importantly, he’s also an outstanding teacher and a great mentor,” Fuller said in the release. “He epitomizes what we were looking for in a deserving coach.”
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