NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee's best high school football players for 2011 were recognized at the Tennessee Titans Mr. Football Awards luncheon hosted by the Tennessee Titans.
Over 500 people, including the honorees, their families, coaches, school administrators and members of the media from all parts of the state, attended the luncheon on Nov. 28, 2011 at the Embassy Suites Hotel & Conference Center in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
"Today's celebration recognizes more that the ability of these young men to play our great game of football," said Titans Owner K.S. "Bud" Adams, Jr. "The young men were here because of their outstanding character and academic achievements, traits which will pave their way through life, long after their football days has passed. I congratulate all of the Titans Mr. Football Award finalists for the outstanding manner in which they represent their school and community!"
Former Titans players Kevin Dyson, Craig Hentrich and Chris Sanders were on hand to present the awards with assistance from Titans Cheerleaders Brooke and Jessi. Mike Keith, voice of the Titans, served as the program's emcee.
The Titans began sponsoring the Titans Mr. Football Awards in 2007 and in 2010, inked a four-year extension with the TSSAA to continue the team's support of the awards luncheon. This year marked the 27th consecutive year that the TSSAA has recognized the best of the best among high school football players.
High school head coaches and members of the media nominated the finalists. A committee of statewide sports writers selected winners based on performance in the 2011 regular season. Academics and character were also taken into consideration.
The awards were presented to the top back and lineman in each of the five classifications of the Tennessee Secondary Schools Athletic Association. For the eighth time in the history of the award, the top kickers in the state were also recognized.