NORTHBROOK, Ill. – Nick Forbes was on a 22-player roster across all levels of collegiate football announced Tuesday by Allstate Insurance Company and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) for the 2013 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team.
Recognizing the “good works” of a select group of college football players from across the country, the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team is one of the most prestigious off-the-field honors in college sports. The award pays tribute to the positive impact these young student-athletes have had on their communities and the lives of others.
Fans can vote for the 2013 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team Captain by visiting ESPN.com. There, fans can learn more about this year’s team members and vote for the player who they feel represents the “best of the best” in the areas of giving back and contributing to the greater good of their communities. The Team Captain and his fellow award recipients will be invited to New Orleans to take part in a community project leading up to the 2014 Allstate Sugar Bowl.
Forbes has worked with a long list of community service organizations including Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland, City of Berkeley, Playworks, Read Across America, SAGE Mentorship Project and Swim with Mike.
Forbes has also been the vice president of the Golden Bear Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (GBAC) since 2011 and has represented Cal at both the Pac-12 Student-Athlete Advisory Conference and the NCAA APPLE Conference.
In addition, Forbes has been a speaker at a local elementary school and to youth football teams speaking on the importance of education, respect, treating others right and staying out of trouble. He even found time to host Cal’s Oski Student Awards show in the spring of 2013 and organized both a fashion show fundraiser and a student-athlete formal earlier this year.
“It’s awesome to be recognized for doing a few unselfish things here and there,” Forbes said. “I enjoy doing all the projects I have worked with so being honored for something you enjoy is cool. I hope that my recognition for this inspires someone else to get involved in their community and give back to someone less fortunate.”
“Nick does a tremendous job in the community and is very deserving of this recognition,” head coach Sonny Dykes said.
Forbes saw his first action on the field in 2013 in a limited role against Ohio State after missing the first two games of the season due to injury. He entered the season as a fourth-team preseason All-Pac-12 choice according to Phil Steele and was named to the preseason College Football Performance Awards watch list for the Linebacker Trophy after a breakout year in 2012. Forbes was named Cal’s Most Improved Player last season when he played in all 12 games with eight starts and finished second on the club with 85 tackles. His 7.08 stops per game ranked 11th in the Pac-12, while he also had three of the team's nine fumble recoveries to rank tied for second in the conference with an average of 0.25 fumble recoveries per contest. Forbes added 4.5 tackles for loss (-20 yards), 1.5 sacks (-11 yards), one interception that he returned 26 yards, three pass breakups, four passes defended, three quarterback hurries, a forced fumble and the team's lone blocked kick of the campaign.
For more than two decades, the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team has recognized college football players at all levels of the sport for inspiring acts of service and off-the-field achievements. This summer, the program received a record 150 nominations from colleges and universities across the country. From the nominations, an esteemed voting panel comprised of former Allstate AFCA Good Works Team members and college football media selected 11 players from the Football Bowl Subdivision and 11 players from the Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II, III and the NAIA to comprise the 22-player team.
“Allstate is thrilled to embark on another year of collaboration with the AFCA, and together honor this group of extraordinary young men for their “good works” in the community,” said Cynthia Whitfield, field senior vice president of Allstate’s Southern region and a member of the 2013 voting panel. “As fans of college football, Allstate continues to be inspired by the remarkable performances that take place on-the-field, but equally inspiring are the acts of service that have earned these 22 players a spot on the 2013 AFCA Good Works Team.”
"The AFCA, along with our partner Allstate, has been honoring football student-athletes for their good works, volunteerism and community service for 22 years with the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team," Grant Teaff, AFCA Executive Director said. "The 2013 class of Good Works Team members is another great example of the outstanding athletes, and even better men, that our nation's college football programs produce each year."
The 2013 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team voting panel includes: former Good Works Team members Zaid Abdul-Aleem (Duke, 1994 team), Matt Stinchcomb (Georgia, 1997, 1998 teams), Brian Brenberg (St. Thomas, 2001 team), Mike Proman (Amherst, 2002 team); media members Lou Holtz (ESPN), Kirk Herbstreit (ESPN), Tom O’Toole (USA Today), Blair Kerkhoff (Kansas City Star); current AFCA President and University of Texas Head Coach Mack Brown; 1987 AFCA President LaVell Edwards, former head coach at Brigham Young University; and Cynthia Whitfield, field vice president of Allstate’s Southern Region.
*Cal is currently in its bye week and will next play in its Pac-12 opener at Oregon on Saturday, Sept. 28 (7:30 p.m. PT). The Cal-Oregon game will be televised live by the Pac-12 Networks and can also be heard on KGO 810 AM, the Cal IMG Sports Network and online at CalBears.com.
*Cal’s next home game at Memorial Stadium will be its conference home opener against Washington State on Alumni & Family Weekend (Oct. 5). The Golden Bears also have Pac-12 home games against Oregon State (Oct. 19), Arizona (Nov. 2) and USC (Nov. 9). In addition to the Oregon contest, Cal will play conference games on the road at UCLA (Oct. 12), Washington (Oct. 26), Colorado (Nov. 16) and Stanford (Nov. 23). All 2013 Cal football games will be televised with currently unannounced telecast information and kickoff times to be announced either 12 days or six days in advance of each game.
*Cal football tickets are available online at CalBears.com or (800) GO-BEARS.
*Pac-12 Networks’ docu-series The Driveis offering an exclusive season-long look inside the 2013 campaigns of the Arizona State and Cal football programs. New episodes of The Drive debut each Wednesday at 7 p.m. PT across all seven networks all season long.