Clifton Garrett, a star linebacker for Plainfield South High School, will be presented with an invitation to play in the U.S. Army All American Bowl during a special ceremony at the school Tuesday.
Garrett will be presented with an Army All-American Bowl jacket by local soldiers in the 10 a.m. event, which will be held in front of family, friends, teammates and classmates in the 7800 Caton Farm school's media center.
Only 90 students are selected from around the country to play in the game, which will be Jan. 4 in San Antonio, Texas.
are chosen not just because they excel on the football field, but
because they possess the strengths similar to our Army Strong Soldiers
of mental, emotional and physical toughness," spokeswoman Heidi Bobier said.
"Garrett also will join the
ranks of talented alumni comprised of NFL stars and Heisman Trophy
winners, including Andrew Luck, Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow."
Both Garrett and Football Coach Kenneth Bublitz will address student body at the presentation.
is a talented athlete whose leadership and teamwork qualities have made
him a standout at Plainfield South High School,” Mark Davis, deputy
assistant secretary of the Army for marketing, said in a news release.
According to the release: "As
part of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, each player selected to play
in the game is honored at a Selection Tour event in his hometown. The
tour crosses the country through late fall and by its end will have
selected 90 players, in addition to 125 band and color guard members who
will participate in the game on Jan. 4, 2014,
in San Antonio, Texas."