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Joshua Perry Presented with Good Works Team Award at His High School
By Patrick Murphy
Joshua Perry with his award for his work in the community
Photo by Patrick Murphy

COLUMBUS – When Ohio State senior linebacker Joshua Perry pulled up to Olentangy High School on Friday afternoon, he wasn’t anticipating anything out of the ordinary.

“A little pep rally. OCC Champs over here.” Perry said. “Just expecting to give some good support.”

The Buckeye captain was told he was coming to a pep rally on the Braves’ football field to honor the success of his former school’s fall sports, but really it was a celebration of Perry.

The linebacker is one of 22 college football players from around the country to be named to the 2015 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team and the first member of the Scarlet and Gray to be named to the team in its 24-year history.

Per the Good Works Team press release:

“Known for going above and beyond what is required, Perry went he extra mile in advocating for a young cancer patient as part of the Be Brave Foundation, which included producing an inspirational video alongside his teammates encouraging the patient to “Be Brave” before a major surgery. Perry also organized a childhood cancer awareness event and visited with the patient’s family, helping to distribute tablets to kids at the local children’s hospital.”

He was presented with his 2015 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team Trophy at midfield of the stadium he used to call home.

“It’s an honor to be back out here in front of people I know, people that I learned from, people who showed me the way along my journey,” Perry said to the crowd. “My parents, teachers, coaches, everything. It’s funny because I remember being here in this stadium as a high schooler just enjoying my time out here and now I’m a senior in college. It just shows how fast the time goes.”

Perry with all the teachers that helped shape him into the Buckeye he is today
Photo by Patrick Murphy

While most of Perry’s focus the last four years at Ohio State has been on football, he makes sure there is time for his work off of the field as well.

“Football is going to be over at some point and I feel like I’m going to leave a mark in my football career and that’s been a goal of mine,” Perry said when asked why he does all this extra outreach. “But I want to leave a bigger mark and something that’s going to last longer, something that will definitely be here when I’m gone. So that’s the way I’m going to do it.”

For the linebacker, it ultimately comes back to doing the right thing, something he strives to do in all walks of life.

“Always do the right thing,” he said. “It’s going to pay off at some point and I try and stress that to people. You put something out and generally you get it back tenfold if it’s positive and you get it back tenfold if it’s negative. It’s a decision that you make. Gotta thank my parents for raising me the right way and the community for supporting me.”

Perry will join the rest of the Good Works Team in New Orleans to participate in a community project before the 2016 Allstate Sugar Bowl in January. The players will then be honored during halftime of the Sugar Bowl game.

For a complete list of the 2015 Allstate AFCA Good Works Teams, click here.
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