April 12, 2010
DALLAS, Texas - Baylor All-America linebacker Joe Pawelek was among 10 area football players named to the 2010 Collegiate Gridiron Club of Dallas Scholar-Athletes list, the National Football Foundation (NFF) Gridiron Club of Dallas announced Monday. The student-athletes will be recognized at the club's second annual banquet to be held April 20 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Pawelek, an NFF Scholar-Athlete in 2009, was a finalist for the 2009 Campbell Trophy (considered the "Academic Heisman").
Pawelek is a two-time All-American and two-time Academic All-American (ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA). He finished his career with 422 tackles, the 18th-highest total in NCAA history (since 2000) and second all-time in Baylor history to Mike Singletary (662), and totaled nine interceptions.
A four-year starter from San Antonio, Pawelek led Baylor with 109 tackles as a senior and his 9.1 average-per-game ranked second in the Big 12 Conference. His 45 career starts tied the school record. Pawelek was a quarterfinalist for the 2009 Ronnie Lott Trophy and was on watch lists for the Butkus, Lombardi and Bednarik Awards.
Pawelek graduated in December 2009 with a degree in finance and economics and a 3.71 GPA. His many community service activities include the Special Olympics, Habitat for Humanity and Food for Families.
The 10 scholar-athletes were selected as the best from the entire region at the collegiate level for their combined achievements as students, athletes and leaders in their respective communities. The selection committee included coaches, teachers, administrators and business leaders from the North Texas area.
2010 Collegiate Gridiron Club of Dallas Scholar-Athletes
Lance Calloway, Center - Midwestern State University
Quincy Daniels, Running Back - University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
Scott Grantham, Quarterback - Tarleton State University
Clint Gresham, Kicker - TCU
Ross Hasten, Running Back - Austin College
Kylee Hill, Linebacker - University of North Texas
Chase Kennemer, Linebacker - SMU
Joe Pawelek, Linebacker - Baylor University
Kyle Pope, Kicker - East Texas Baptist University
Juan Velasco, Kicker - Texas A&M University- Commerce