Written by: Greg Ostendorf
Auburn, Ala – Big kicker Anders Carlson He was named to the 31st AFC Good Work Team on Monday. The team is made up of 22 college-athletes in soccer and an Honorary Coach for outstanding contributions to their communities. Team officials from across the country nominated players from their schools for the prestigious award based on their work off the field. A roster of 114 nominees was announced in July before the 22-man finalist was selected by the selection panel, which includes former Good Works players, journalists and officials from Allstate and AFCA. The committee is looking for players who show exceptional leadership on and off the football field.
Carlson is the fourth Auburn player since 2012 to join the Allstate AFCA Good Works team, joining his brother Daniel Carlson (2017), Jonathan Wallace (2015) and Philip Lutzenkirchen (2012). A total of seven Tigers have joined the team since its inception in 1992.
“It’s a huge honor to be an Auburn nominee because I think that’s where I started,” Carlson said. “We have great athletes here, but we also have incredible people. I know all my teammates do special things off the field. I think it’s a huge honour. And then to actually be on the team and be one of the 22 guys, it’s very special” .
After initially following his brother to the Plains, Carlson made his own mark in Auburn. He did it on the field and most importantly, off the field.
Some of Carlson’s highlights off the field include taking an important trip to the Dominican Republic with other members of the soccer team, working in different areas as part of an internship with Church of the Highlands, and helping areas affected by a hurricane in 2019 that devastated it. Beauregard Society. He has also worked with aTeam Ministries, a local Birmingham organization that benefits those with childhood cancer.
Just last week, Carlson took one of many trips over the years to a local elementary school where he teamed up with Aubie and read to children.
“I think I just got lucky,” Carlson said. “I can see my life going in different ways and for some reason I’m here in Auburn playing soccer. I’ve been able to kick for a while, but that also gives me a platform. And for that, why not use this platform to help people? I know I might be in a million shoes. A different post and a different life. I am grateful to be in the life I am in. I may also try to impress someone while I am here.”
The final roster includes 11 players from the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision; 11 players from the NCAA Football Championship subdivision, Divisions II and III and the National Intercollegiate Athletics Association; Honorary Head Coach.
“The Allstate AFCA Good Works Team is arguably the highest honor in college football because it recognizes a player’s integrity and service off the field rather than on it,” said Allstate Executive Vice President and General Manager Sales and Distribution, Troy Hawkes. “The world of sports is often defined by what happens between the lines. While they are also accomplished as players, these 22 student-athletes are making an enormous difference in their communities. Allstate is proud to honor them as beacons of positive change across the country.”
Allstate will continue its tradition of rewarding these athletes with an NIL opportunity as well as a charity match from The Allstate Foundation.
At ESPN.com/Allstate, fans can learn more about players’ accomplishments and vote for the Allstate AFCA 2022 Team Captain once daily until November 22.
Todd Berry, AFC Executive Director, said: “Too often, such stories are overlooked in team athletics. Our sport is defined by character and team mentality first, and the Allstate AFCA Good Works embodies all that is good in football. “. “We encourage fans from around the world to learn more about everything these players are doing for their communities.”
Throughout the season, fans can join the conversation using the #GoodWorksTeam on their social media channels to learn more about these players and their stories.
Auburn on Good Staff at Allstate AFCA
1999: Haven Fields
2003: Reggie Torbor
2005: Will Hering
2012: Philip Lutzenkirchen
2015: Jonathan Wallace
2017: Daniel Carlson
2022: Anders Carlson