BOCA RATON, Fla. (Dec. 14, 2017) – Former Miami Hurricane and NFL quarterback Steve Walsh will receive this year’s Built Ford Tough Palm Beach County Football Legends Award for his contributions both on and off the football field.
“From his on-field accomplishments at the collegiate and professional levels, coupled with his off-field contributions in coaching and mentoring young athletes, Steve Walsh exudes what being “Built Ford Tough” is all about and we are honored to recognize him as this year’s Built Ford Tough Palm Beach County Football Legends Award recipient,” Al Young, Chairman, South Florida Ford.
The award began in conjunction with the inaugural Boca Raton Bowl and was awarded to legendary football coach Howard Schnellenberger in 2014, former Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver, originally from Belle Glade (Glades Central H.S.), Reidel Anthony in 2015 and former San Diego Charger, originally from West Palm Beach (Cardinal Newman), John Carney in 2016.Its purpose is to honor those in Palm Beach County who have made notable achievements and contributions to the sport of football. Carney was selected as the third recipient by a selection committee that is chaired by Palm Beach County Sports Commission Executive Director George Linley.
“Steve Walsh embodies the Palm Beach County Football Legend’s Award,” said Linley. “In addition to his prowess as a quarterback for the University of Miami and the National Football League, Steve is a great ambassador for our local community and has elevated Palm Beach County. I’m thrilled that he will be the 2017 Palm Beach County Football Legend’s Award recipient.”
Born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota, Walsh attended and played college football at the University of Miami Hurricanes. After red-shirting his freshman season, Walsh led the Hurricanes to its second national
championship in 1987 by defeating the Oklahoma Sooners in the 1988 Orange Bowl, 20-14. During his junior year, Walsh was named a first team All-American and finished fourth in the 1988 Heisman Trophy race. He finished his career with the Hurricanes tied for first in touchdown passes thrown with 48. He currently is third in career completion percentage and in the top ten in several statistical categories.
Following his outstanding career at “Quarterback U”, Walsh was drafted in the first round of the 1988 NFL supplemental draft by the Dallas Cowboys. Walsh spent eleven seasons in the NFL, most notable with the New Orleans Saints and the Chicago Bears, which included playoff runs at each stop. The Minnesota native also made stops with the St. Louis Rams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Indianapolis Colts.
Walsh returned to football in 2009 as the head coach at Cardinal Newman High School in West Palm Beach. He led Cardinal Newman to its first playoff appearance in four years. In April 2015, Walsh became the Director of Football Operations at the prestigious IMG Academy before taking a position as a Senior Assistant with the Toronto Argonauts’ coaching staff in 2017.
“The award is special because Palm Beach has been my home for 22 years now,” said Walsh. “Having coached high school here at Cardinal Newman for six years and watching first-hand the outstanding competition and individual talent, I realize the importance football plays in our community. To be recognized as a ‘legend’ is a tremendous honor.”
Walsh will receive the Legends Award and be recognized on Dec. 18 at the Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl Kickoff Luncheon beginning at 12 p.m. at the Palm Beach County Convention Center.
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