Washington Named Recipient of the Brandon Burl
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – University of Arkansas track and field athlete Ramon Washington was recently named the winner of the Brandon Burlsworth Scholar-Athlete Award. Washington received the award for his academic achievement and community service while also competing for the highly-successful Razorback track and field program.
Washington was chosen from a group of athletes who were nominated by their respected head coaches for exemplifying the attributes of scholarship, character and service. The award is given annually to a male and female athlete at UA who best exemplifies that attitude and accomplishments of Brandon Burlsworth during his years at the University of Arkansas. The purpose of the award is to emphasize the importance of academics and community service as well as athletic achievement while at UA.
Washington, a Collierville, Tenn., native, earned All-American status during his freshman campaign last year when he finished seventh in the long jump with a leap of 25-3.5 at the NCAA Indoor Championships. Washington saw limited action during the 2001 indoor season and will also sit out part of outdoor season due to injury.
Washington will be recognized for his accomplishments at the Annual Honors and Awards Ceremony on April 19th.
The namesake for the Burlsworth Award was Brandon Burlsworth who came to Arkansas as a walk-on on the football team in 1994 and eventually earned a scholarship and worked his way up the depth chart before starting 34-consecutive games for the Razorbacks. Burlsworth was named All-America during his senior campaign and was drafted in the third round by the Indianapolis Colts. Burlsworth’s life was tragically cut short when he was killed in a car accident only weeks after being drafted by the Colts.
Not only was Burlsworth an inspiration on the field but he also excelled in the classroom. After earning his bachelor’s degree in marketing management in 1997, Burlsworth went on to be the only Razorback football player to ever earn a master’s degree before playing in his final game when he completed his master’s requirements in 1998.
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