by Ben Ennis
St. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Each year, The East-West Shrine Game Pat Tillman Award is presented to a player “who best exemplifies character, intelligence, sportsmanship and service.” The award is named for former NFL player Pat Tillman who left his professional football career to serve the United States Army in 2002 after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. Tillman was killed on a mission while serving in Afghanistan in 2004.
The award is about a student-athlete’s achievements and conduct, both on and off the field.
The 2018 93rd East-West Shrine Game Pat Tillman award recipient is former Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett.
“J.T. Barrett is one of the great young leaders I have ever been around,” Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer said through a press release. “On behalf of the entire Ohio State football program, I want to congratulate J.T. on this tremendous honor of being named the East-West Shrine Game’s Pat Tillman Award winner.”
“It is an honor to receive this award that holds Pat Tillman’s name,” Barrett said. “The people that he impacted during his career and the sacrifice he made says a lot about the kind of man he was.”