Dec. 11, 2012

COLUMBUS, Ohio John Simon’s impressive and growing list of accolades in 2012 includes his off-the-field contributions in addition to his on-field efforts. Monday, Ohio State’s senior defensive tackle was named one of three finalists for the Fellowship of Christian Athlete’s Bobby Bowden Award, an honor that goes to the college football player who best epitomizes being a student-athlete.

In order to be nominated for the Bobby Bowden Award, a player must conduct himself as a faith role model in the classroom, on the field, on the campus and in the community. The award is named for former Florida State University football coach Bobby Bowden.

University of Southern California quarterback Matt Barkley and Auburn University linebacker Ashton Richardson join Simon as a Bowden Award finalist. The 2012 Bobby Bowden Award winner will be announced at the FCA Bowl Championship Series site in Miami on January 4, 2013.

John Simon – 2012 Honors & Accolades

Associated Press All-American (3rd team);
Big Ten Conference Nagurski-Woodson Defensive Player of theYear;
Big Ten Conference Smith-Brown defensive lineman of the year;
All-Big Ten Conference (coaches & media first team); honorable mention All-American; All-American (2nd team);
Finalist, Bobby Bowden Award; and
Semifinalist, Lott IMPACT Trophy.