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Fulcher named Walter Camp Alumni Award recipient


December 08, 2009

Former NFL All-Pro defensive back David Fulcher (Arizona State University) is the recipient of the 2009 Walter Camp "Alumni Award." Fulcher joins a distinguished list of former "Alumni Award" winners, including Alan Page (Notre Dame), Archie Griffin (Ohio State), Tony Dorsett (Pittsburgh), Herschel Walker (Georgia) and last year's recipient Tim Brown (Notre Dame).

The Walter Camp "Alumni of the Year" award is bestowed on a worthy individual who has distinguished himself in the pursuit of excellence as an athlete, in his personal career and in doing good works for others. He must be an individual who has exhibited dedication and good moral conduct in achieving success. He must be a compassionate and unselfish person who contributes his time and assistance in helping to encourage and comfort fellow human beings less talented and less fortunate than himself. He must be an individual who takes pride in having been a Walter Camp All-American.

"We are pleased to recognize David Fulcher with the Walter Camp Alumni Award," Foundation president Alphonse Paolillo, Jr. said. "David's impressive playing career is just a small part of how great a person and friend he is, especially to this organization."

A native of Los Angeles, CA, Fulcher was a standout collegian at Arizona State University and was a member of the 1985 Walter Camp All-America team. Selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in the third round of the 1986 NFL Draft, Fulcher went on to play eight professional seasons (7 with the Bengals and 1 with the Los Angeles Raiders).

Considered one of the game's hardest-hitting strong safeties, Fulcher was a three-time All-Pro selection (1988, 1989 and 1990) and was the 1989 NFL Defensive Back of the Year. His 31 career interceptions rank third on the Bengals' all-time list.

Fulcher currently resides in Cincinnati, OH with his wife Judy and two children (Kayla and David). He remains active in many charitable organizations and serves as an area radio personality.

In addition to Fulcher, the Foundation will honor NFL Hall-of-Famer John Elway (Stanford), former NFL and ABC broadcast personality Robin Roberts (Southeastern Louisiana) with major awards - along with the 2009 Walter Camp Player of the Year and members of the All-America team - at the organization's national awards banquet on Saturday, January 16, 2010 at the Yale University Commons in New Haven

The Foundation is offering a "Holiday Ticket Promotion" for the National Awards Dinner. Buy two tickets for $400 (you save $150) before December 25. Please call (203) 288-CAMP (288-2267) for more information.

Walter Camp, "The Father of American Football," first selected an All-America team in 1889. Camp - a former Yale University athlete and football coach - is also credited with developing play from scrimmage, set plays, the numerical assessment of goals and tries and the restriction of play to eleven men per side. The Walter Camp Football Foundation - a New Haven based all-volunteer group - was founded in 1967 to perpetuate the ideals of Camp and to continue the tradition of selecting annually an All-America team.