Rodgers Excels in Athletics, Academics and Service
The Home Depot College Football Awards recognize countless college athletes for their performances on the field. On Dec. 12, an athlete from Henderson State University was honored for his outstanding efforts off the field. Reddies quarterback Kevin Rodgers was named the captain of the 2013 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, a community service award determined by college football fan voters on ESPN.com. The award was presented by the Allstate Insurance Company and the American Football Coaches Association for Rodgers’ “good works” and positive contributions off the field.
A product of Rockwall Heath High School in Rockwall, Texas, Rodgers has a 25-3 record as Henderson’s starting quarterback. He holds the HSU single-season and career records for yards passing, touchdowns, completion percentage, and pass efficiency.
He helped lead Henderson State to two GAC Championships, back-to-back undefeated regular-seasons, and is the only quarterback in Reddie history to throw for 4,000 or more yards in back-to-back seasons.
Last December, Rodgers finished third at the 28th Annual Harlon Hill Trophy Presentation for the NCAA Division II College Football Player of the Year. Rodgers is only the second player from an Arkansas playing institution to finish in the top 3 of the voting for the Harlon Hill trophy in its 28-year history.
Aside from his astonishing play on the field, Rodgers has also excelled in the classroom. Majoring in business finance, Rodgers graduated magna cum laude with a 3.9 GPA in December and was chosen to give a student response at commencement. He served as president of the honors business fraternity, Alpha Kappa Psi, and received the HSU 2013 Summit Bank Outstanding Banking Award. With one more year of athletics eligibility, Rodgers started graduate school at Henderson this spring.
Rodgers is an active member in HSU’s Baptist Collegiate Ministries (BCM) and has been on several mission trips. He has participated in numerous service projects through Henderson’s Reddie to Serve, Reddie to Teach, and Reddie to Read programs. He has traveled throughout the South lending a helping hand to those in need.
"Kevin's character is beyond reproach," said Henderson State Coach Scott Maxfield. "He does not cut corners, or take short cuts. His work ethic is second to none, and he does not shy away from a challenge. He spends much of his free time away from football volunteering for many worthwhile organizations and causes in our area."
“I really enjoy helping others,” said Rodgers. “Knowing that you made a difference in someone’s life is one of the most rewarding feelings one can have. I am fortunate to be in a position to be a positive influence on others and that is my mission.”