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NCCU lineman Nick Leverett surprised with 2018 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team trophy

Leverett is the only HBCU student-athlete to receive the award this season

11:40 AMNick Leverett just thought he was going to practice on Oct. 10. But upon arrival, the North Carolina Central University offensive lineman was awarded the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team trophy for his commitment to service in his community.

During team huddle, representatives from the university’s athletics department and Allstate walked onto the practice field to award him. Leverett is the only student-athlete from a historically black college or university (HBCU) to receive the honor this season.

“In the last three years, I’ve watched Nick grow into one of the finest young men that I know,” NCCU football head coach Granville Eastman said in a statement on the school’s website. “Nick is not only a model student-athlete, but he is also a model citizen. He is one of the best and the brightest that we have to offer.”

According to a press release, Leverett is heavily involved in the campus community, his hometown and surrounding areas. During his time at NCCU, the Concord, North Carolina, native has collected donations and food to feed those in need for Thanksgiving, spoken to local students about building character, participated in domestic violence awareness activities and rounded up mentees to feed the homeless around Durham. On multiple occasions, Leverett has volunteered at Habitat for Humanity, helping to build homes for those less fortunate.

Leverett graduated in three years with his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice in July and is now pursuing his master’s degree in public administration. He is a member of Omega Psi Phi fraternity.

For more than 25 years, the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team has honored the college football players whose charitable involvement and community service contributions stand out among the more than 50,000 student-athletes participating in the sport.

Leverett, NCCU’s team captain and a two-time All-Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference offensive lineman, is one of 22 college football players from across the country to be named to the 2018 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team and is the only student agent from an HBCU chosen. Of the 169 nominees, 11 players from the Football Bowl Subdivision and 11 players from the Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II and III and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics were selected for the 22-player team.

The student-athletes nominated for this honor were chosen because, according to the Allstate team, “they display a commitment to enriching the lives of others while contributing to the greater good of their communities.”

Leverett and the 2018 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team members will be invited to New Orleans to participate in a community project before the 2019 Allstate Sugar Bowl in January. They will also receive honors during the halftime show to air on ESPN.