Nashville, Tenn. - Tennessee State University football defensive back, Brandon Bather, was honored at the 44th Annual Awards Dinner of the Middle Tennessee Chapter of the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame on Monday (3/8) at the Airport Marriott Hotel in Nashville.
The awards dinner honored seven collegiate and 54 high school seniors for their outstanding academic and athletic achievement.
Bather, a junior and three-year letterwinner, was one of six collegiate recipients to receive the College/University Scholar-Athlete Award. The winners included Matthew Trent, Austin Peay State; Anthony Allen, Cumberland; Mark Fisher, Middle Tennessee State; Rascoe Dean, Sewanee; Taylor Askew, Tennessee Tech and Ronald Benoist, Vanderbilt.
"It's a real honor to receive this award from such a respected organization," said Bather. "It feels really good to know that athletes can also be honored and recognized as scholars. It also reminds me that people are watching our efforts on and off the field."
Bather was recognized for his community involvement and was decorated for being active with Habitat for Humanity. He serves as a tutor at John Early Middle School while participating in numerous Thanksgiving and Christmas charitable events. Bather is also a member of the TSU Pre-Alumni Council.
TSU Football head coach Rod Reed comments, "Brandon is an excellent student-athlete who truly deserves the award. His self motivation to participate in numerous community events truly represents Tennessee State University," said Reed. "His venture in the community on numerous occasions is a perfect example of his exceptional leadership. He is a team player and accepts his role on the team with great enthusiasm."
Other notable guests included City of Nashville, Mayor Karl Dean, and Tennessee Titans linebacker, Keith Bullock.
Bullock presented nine local high school student-athletes with the "Steve McNair Iron Will Scholarship." Each received a $1000 scholarship in honor of former Titans' quarterback Steve McNair.
The mission of the Foundation is to promote and develop the power of amateur football in developing the qualities of leadership, sportsmanship, competitive zeal and the drive for academic excellence in America's young people. It has 120 chapters in 47 states and over 12,000 members nationwide.
The Local Middle Tennessee Chapter, founded in 1961, is one of the most respected chapters in the National Football Foundation.
Bather played in 11 games last season posting 11 tackles and one pass break-up.