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Hotel to host 2012 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award

The 2012 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award field has been narrowed to 29 just candidates.  The Golden Arm Award, presented annually to the top senior quarterback by the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Foundation, encapsulates all that is positive in college sports.  Established in 1987, the award has previously honored 25 outstanding young men.

Named after the man many refer to as the greatest quarterback ever to play the game of football, the award clearly acknowledges performance on the field. The award goes beyond completion percentage and touchdown strikes, and values character, citizenship, integrity and those who honor the game.

Candidates for the Golden Arm Award must be completing their college eligibility or be a fourth-year junior, on schedule to graduate with his class. Candidates are judged on character, citizenship, scholastic achievement, leadership qualities, and athletic accomplishments –qualities that embody the namesake of this prestigious award.

The 2012 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, presented by the Golden Arm Foundation and Transamerica, nominees are: Ryan Aplin, Arkansas State; Matt Barkley, USC; Tajh Boyd, Clemson; Alex Carder, Western Michigan; Derek Carr, Fresno State; B.J. Daniels, South Florida; Seth Doege, Texas Tech; Nick Florence, Baylor; Mike Glennon, NC State; Landry Jones, Oklahoma; Colin Klein, Kansas State; EJ Manuel, Florida State; AJ McCarron, Alabama; Aaron Murray, Georgia; Ryan Nassib, Syracuse; Casey Pachall, TCU; Keith Price, Washington; Sean Renfree, Duke; Bryn Renner, North Carolina; Jordan Rodgers, Vanderbilt; Denard Robinson, Michigan; Nathan Scheelhaase, Illinois; Geno Smith, West Virginia; Brad Sorensen, So. Utah; Tyler Tettleton, Ohio; Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech; Jeff Tuel, Washington State; James Vandenberg, Iowa; Tyler Wilson, Arkansas.

The 2012 winner will be recognized and presented with his award on December 7th at the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland.

Previous winners include Rodney Peete (USC, 1988), Peyton Manning (Tennessee, 1997), Carson Palmer (USC, 2002), Eli Manning (Ole Miss, 2003), Brady Quinn (Notre Dame, 2006), Matt Ryan (Boston College, 2007), Colt McCoy (Texas, 2009), Scott Tolzien (Wisconsin, 2010) and, most recently, Andrew Luck (Stanford, 2011).

Proceeds from the Golden Arm Award event help support the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation. The Foundation provides financial assistance to underprivileged and deserving young scholar-athletes throughout Maryland and Kentucky.

The namesake of the Golden Arm Award has a storied history.  Johnny Unitas was an 18-year veteran of the NFL, who played his collegiate career at the University of Louisville before joining the Baltimore Colts in 1958. His career passing figures include 2,830 pass completions for 40,239 yards; 290 touchdowns; and one record that may stand forever – throwing a touchdown pass in 47 consecutive games.

Unitas was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1979.  Further, the Hall of Fame, in commemorations of the NFL’s 25th, 50th, and 75th anniversaries selected Unitas as the top quarterback of all-time.  In turn-of-the-century listings, he was named to Sports Illustrated list of top 10 athletes, Time Magazine’s list of 10 most influential athletes, and included in ESPN’s series on the 50 greatest athletes of the century.

“Despite my dad’s outstanding accomplishments, he never forgot his humble beginnings, and this won him a permanent place in the hearts of all who ever knew him,” notes John Unitas, Jr. “Giving life to his commitment to ‘give back,’ the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation, Inc. was established to promote football on all levels by providing financial aid to deserving young athletes.”

In addition to Transamerica, sponsors of the Golden Arm Award include: Athlon Sports, The Babe Ruth and Sports Legends Museum, Baltimore Sun Media Group, Bloomberg Television, Century Engineering, Coach for America, Comcast, Dunbar Armored, GEICO, HMS Insurance Associates, Inc., Panini, PSAV Presentation Services, R2i.ntegrated, Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Hotel, TRAY PML, The Scott Garceau Show, Union Memorial Sports Medicine, Weiss PR Associates, Inc., Weiss PR Associates, Woodberry Kitchen, and Wilson Sporting Goods.  For more information, visit: www.goldenarmfoundation.com or www.baltimoresun.com/sports/college/golden-arm.
Located on the Inner Harbor, overlooking the picturesque Baltimore waterfront, the 195 room Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore offers a AAA approved 4-Diamond experience. Guest amenities include 24-hour rooftop fitness center, swimming pool with panoramic views, racquetball and tennis courts, in-room movies, wireless high-speed internet access, and complimentary daily shoe shine. The hotel is home to Brightons restaurant, featuring an old world charm and contemporary American cuisine; and the Explorer Lounge which offers creative and classic cocktails and a casual option for lunch, dinner and late night dining. With 10,000 square feet of meeting space, Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore also accommodates meetings and events. Offering a sweeping grand staircase and a harbor view ballroom, the hotel is ideal for weddings and other glamorous social occasions. The hotel is conveniently located on the Inner Harbor, walking distance to many of Baltimore's most well-known attractions including Camden Yards, American Visionary Art Museum, and the National Aquarium.
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