Sept. 15, 2004
University of New Mexico senior linebacker Nick Speegle (Albuquerque, N.M.) has been named to the 2004 American Football Coaches Association Good Works Team the organization announced today. Speegle is one of three student-athletes from Mountain West Conference institutions. UNLV strong safety Jamaal Brimmer and Utah safety Morgan Scalley were also recognized.
The two 11-man teams, a Division I-A team and a combined team from Divisions I-AA, II, III and the NAIA, honor players for their dedication and commitment to community service. From 1992-1996, the Good Works Team was selected by the College Football Association. When the CFA disbanded in 1997, the AFCA began selecting the teams.
"It never ceases to amaze me to see the contributions student-athletes make to their communities," said AFCA Executive Director Grant Teaff. "Often times, these young men are better known for the good things they do on the field. The AFCA is proud to recognize these student-athletes for the good things they do in their communities."
Nominations were submitted to the AFCA by the college sports information departments. Nominees have to be actively involved and committed to working with a charitable organization, service group or involved in other community service activities.
A sampling of Speegle's community service during his collegiate career include serving as a volunteer at numerous youth football clinics, with the New Mexico Special Olympics and at New Day Youth and Family Shelter, playing games with underprivileged youth. He has spoken to a middle school about "Character Counts," a program about goal achievement and staying in school and participated in a New Mexico Department of Transportation PSA about the importance of seat-belt safety.
Speegle has played in 40 career games at UNM, starting 33, including 32 in a row since the middle of his freshman season. He has 238 career tackles, just six away from breaking into the top-20 all-time at UNM. Speegle earned his bachelor's degree in just four years in May and is currently in graduate school. He had a 3.97 cumulative undergraduate grade-point-average, majoring in General Management.