Posted: 7:04 pm Wednesday, December 1st, 2010
By Matt Porter
Jacoby Brissett and Nick O’Leary don’t know what color jerseys they’ll wear on Saturdays next fall, but on Saturday a few weeks from now, they’ll wear black and gold.
Both Dwyer seniors were chosen for the 2011 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. They join a group of 90 seniors who will play in the game, held at the Alamodome in San Antonio on Jan. 8. The game will be televised live at noon on NBC.
The announcement was formally made during a ceremony in the Dwyer High library Wednesday afternoon. O’Leary and Brissett were presented with East team game jerseys.
“It’s a great honor to represent your country playing football,” Brissett said. “I feel special.”
Dwyer is one of seven schools this year with two Army All-Americans. No players from other Palm Beach County were selected.
“This is the biggest announcement in school history,” Dwyer principal Dr. Joseph Lee said, before correcting himself. “Second biggest. We did this last year.”
Dwyer’s Matt Elam and Gerald Christian, now both playing for Florida, were selected to the team in 2009.
O’Leary, who was selected to the team before the season began, and Brissett thanked their teammates, families and coaches in short speeches.
“I’m honored to be nominated by the Army,” O’Leary said after the ceremony. “Hopefully, Jacoby can get the starting quarterback spot and I can be the starting tight end, and we can see how we do against the other great players.”
Since the first All-American Bowl in 2001, more than 150 alums have been selected for the NFL Draft, including 43 first-round picks. Twenty-one NFL Pro Bowlers have played in the game.