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Bobby Wagner Receives 'Distinguished American Award'

Thursday, Apr. 24, 2014

former Aggie football player Bobby Wagner

Former Utah State football player and Super Bowl champion Bobby Wagner received the 'Distinguished American Award' at the Utah Chapter of the National Football Foundation’s annual banquet April 22. (photo from Athletics website)

Former Utah State [University] football player and Super Bowl champion Bobby Wagner received the Distinguished American Award at the Utah Chapter of the National Football Foundation's annual banquet Tuesday [April 26, 2014]. The award is the highest honor given by the group each year.

Wagner attended Tuesday’s dinner where he addressed the audience. Having gotten a late start in football, he wasn’t highly recruited out of high school.

“Everybody kind of passed up on me,” he said. “A lot of the teams I played against said I was too short, I wasn't strong enough, I wasn't fast enough, I wasn't physical enough. The only team that believed in me was Utah State.”

Wagner was a four-year starter at USU and led the Western Athletic Conference in tackles for three consecutive seasons. He went on to be the 47th overall pick in the second round of the 2012 NFL draft, going to the Seattle Seahawks. In his second year in the league he helped the Seahawks defeat the Denver Broncos, 43-8 in the Super Bowl.

Wagner cited hard work and dedication as the keys to his success over the years.

“It was very humbling to me, just the journey that I had,” Wagner said. “I worked hard and had support from my family, but it was a grind at Utah State. My mom taught me, ‘There are a lot of doubters out there.’ It doesn’t matter what everybody else thinks.”

Along with Wagner, the group honored 13 high school seniors for their outstanding athletic accomplishment, scholastic excellence and community service. Juan Diego football coach John Colosimo and prep football official Bob Blair were also recognized for their outstanding service to high school football.

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