September 22, 2022 By Vaseline

Anders Carlson earns a spot on the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team


Soccer


By: Greg Ostendorf




AUBURN, Ala. – senior football Anders Karlson was named to the 31st Allstate AFCA Good Works Team Monday. The team consists of 22 college football students and a volunteer head 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 list of 114 nominees was announced in July before the final list of 22 players was chosen by the selection panel, which includes former Good Works players, journalists and officials from Allstate and the AFCA. The panel looks for players who demonstrate exceptional leadership skills on and off the field.

Carlson is the fourth Auburn player since 2012 on the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, following his brother Daniel Carlson (2017), Jonathan Wallace (2015), and Philip Lutzenkirchen (2012). A total of seven Tigers have formed the team since its inception in 1992.

“It’s a great honor to be nominated as an Auburn guy because I think that’s where it all started,” said Carlson. “We have incredible athletes here, but we also have incredible people. I know that all my teammates are doing special things off the field. I think that’s a great honor. And then actually being on the team and being one of the 22 guys, it’s very special.”

After initially following his brother to the Plains, Carlson made his own mark on Auburn. He’s done it on the field and, more importantly, off the field.

Football: Anders Carlson

Some of Carlson’s off-field highlights include a missionary trip to the Dominican Republic with other members of the soccer team, serving in different areas as part of an internship with the Church of the Highlands, and assisting in areas affected by a 2019 tornado that was devastated the Beauregard parish. He has also worked with aTeam Ministries, a local organization in Birmingham that benefits people affected by childhood cancer.

Just last week, Carlson made one of many trips over the years to a local elementary school, where he teamed up with Aubie and read to the kids.

“I think I just got blessed,” Carlson said. “I could imagine my life taking other paths and for some reason I’m here in Auburn playing football. I’ve been able to kick for a while, but that also gives me a platform. So why not use this platform? To help people? I know I could be in a million other shoes and another life. I’m just thankful to be in the life I’m in. I might as well try to influence someone while I’m here.”

The final roster consists of 11 players from the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision; 11 NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II, III and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics players; and a volunteer head coach.

“The Allstate AFCA Good Works Team is arguably college football’s highest honor because it recognizes a player’s integrity and service off the field rather than their performance on the field,” said Troy Hawkes, executive vice president and general manager, Allstate Sales and Distribution. “The sports world is often defined by what happens between the lines. Although they are also successful as players, these 22 student athletes are making a monumental difference in their communities. Allstate is so proud to honor her as a beacon of positive change across the country.”

Allstate will continue its tradition of rewarding these athletes with a NIL opportunity as well as an Allstate Foundation charity game.

Vote for the captain
Fans can learn more about player achievements and vote for the 2022 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team Captain once a day through November 22 at ESPN.com/Allstate.


“Stories like this are so often overlooked in collegiate athletics. Our sport is defined by character and a team-first mentality, and the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team embodies everything that is good about football,” said Todd Berry, executive Director of the AFCA. “We encourage fans around the world to learn more about what these players are doing for their communities.”


Throughout the season, fans can join the conversation with #GoodWorksTeam on their social media channels to learn more about these players and their stories.

Auburn on the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team
1999: Haven Fields
2003: Reggie Torbor
2005: Will Herring
2012: Philipp Lützenkirchen
2015: Jonathan Wallace
2017: Daniel Carlson
2022: Anders Karlson