Indiana's Matt Stauder Named Capital One Orange Bowl-FWAA Courage Award Nominee
Indiana’s Matt Stauder is this week’s nominee for the 2018 Capital One Orange Bowl-FWAA Courage Award. Stauder, a senior manager, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in the spring, less than a year after losing his father to a heart attack.
"His mindset was: ‘I’ve got a job to do. My dad would want me to do my job and do what I'm supposed to do,’ ” Hoosiers coach Tom Allen told the team’s website this spring. “It spoke to where his heart was.
“He manages for the love of Indiana University, the program, the guys on the team. He is so dependable. He works so hard. The players see it. In return, when he's in need, they immediately want to help."
Stauder, who is majoring in sport management and marketing, announced this week that his cancer is in remission. He rarely missed Hoosiers practices despite chemotherapy treatments. Allen gave Stauder the game ball following a season-opening win at FIU on Sept. 1, which was also the one-year anniversary of his father’s passing.
Indiana running back Ricky Brookins started a GoFundMe page for Stauder in the spring, with the intent of alleviating as much of the treatment cost as possible. The site has raised nearly $32,000.
The Courage Award was first presented by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) in 2002. A select group of writers from the FWAA vote on the winner each year. The requirements for nomination include displaying courage on or off the field, including overcoming an injury or physical handicap, preventing a disaster or living through hardship. The winner of the award will be included in festivities during Capital One Orange Bowl week and receive his trophy at an on-field presentation.
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