Everyone at UAB knows how important linebacker Shaq Jones is to the program and the community, but now the entire college football world will get to know his story. 

It was announced Thursday morning by the Allstate Insurance Company and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) that Shaq is one 22 college football players to be named to the 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®.

UAB linebacker Shaq Jones getting ready to make a tackle against Coastal Carolina
UAB linebacker Shaq Jones getting ready to make a tackle against Coastal Carolina – photo credit: Blake Roberts

The award was created to shine a spotlight on those college football players who perform great community service and do volunteer work to effect the lives of others.

In conjunction with being honored at the 2018 Sugar Bowl, those named to the Good Works Team® will participate in a special community service project in New Orleans before the game.

Some of Shaq’s efforts include his time with the Big Brothers Big Sisters group of Greater Birmingham. He and his father also started a non-profit to help provide resources for foster kids who have turned 18 and not been adopted.

He’s also helped build houses as part of Habitat for Humanity, and he often visits elementary schools with the UAB and Me program to tell kids the importance of education.

Most UAB fans are very familiar with the story of Shaq, and his commitment not only to this community, but to this football team.

When a lot of other players left after the 2014 season, Shaq hung around, hoping the team would return. He had finally decided to go play at Western Kentucky, but once he got word that UAB football was back, he knew he had to stay.

Shaq is a great leader on and off the field for this UAB football team, and we wish him all the best in the future. The Blazers couldn’t have asked for a better leader to lead them in #theReturn.

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To read the full press release from UABSports.com on Shaq Jones being named to the 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®, click here.