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Gatorade® National Football Player of the Year: Max Browne

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Gatorade® National Football Player of the Year: Max Browne14:30 EST Tuesday, December 18, 2012Seattle Seahawks Quarterback Russell Wilson Surprises Winner for Local CeremonySAMMAMISH, Wash., Dec 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- In its 28th year of honoring the nation's best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with USA TODAY High School Sports, recently announced Max Browne of Skyline High School (Sammamish, Wash.) as its 2012-13 Gatorade National Football Player of the Year.  Browne, a two-time Gatorade Washington Player of the Year, was surprised with the news by Seahawks rookie quarterback Russell Wilson during school."It felt great to surprise Max with the Gatorade National Football Player of the Year award and welcome him into one of the most prestigious legacy programs in high school sports," said Wilson.  "Gatorade has been on the sidelines fueling athletic performance for years, so to be recognized by a brand that understands the game and truly helps athletes perform is a huge honor for these kids."The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Browne as the nation's best high school football player.  A national advisory panel comprised of sport-specific experts and sports journalists helped select Browne from more than 1.1 million high school football players nationwide. Browne is now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade Male High School Athlete of the Year award, to be presented at a special afternoon ceremony prior to The ESPY Awards in July. The 6-foot-5, 218-pound senior quarterback led the Spartans to a 14-0 record and the Class 4A state championship this past season. Browne passed for 4,526 yards and 49 touchdowns, completing 277-of-377 attempts while throwing just five interceptions. The 2011-12 Gatorade Washington Football Player of the Year, Browne threw for 12,953 career passing yards and has broken the state record for career completions with 882, eclipsing the mark of 787 set by 2006-07 Gatorade Washington Football Player of the year and current Detroit Lions quarterback Kellen Moore.Browne has maintained a 3.50 GPA in the classroom. A devoted member of his church community, he has volunteered locally on behalf the American Cancer Society Relay for Life and Generation Joy. "He is one of the best talents I've ever seen," said Scott Pelluer, former New Orleans Saints linebacker and longtime Pac-12 defensive coach. "His footwork, mobility, decision-making and accuracy are incredible. He never forces it. I coached at Boise State, University of Washington and University of Arizona and I'm a defensive guy. I've seen a lot of QBs. He has that knack. That feel. Truly amazing. Plus, he's such a wonderful kid and great leader. No ego. A class act. And so competitive. He'll play in the NFL someday."Browne has verbally committed to play football on an athletic scholarship at the University of Southern California beginning in the fall of 2013."Without question, Max is deserving of recognition as the nation's best high school football player based on his statistics on the field and the impact his accomplishments have had on Skyline's success," said Gatorade Vice President, Brand Marketing Morgan Flatley.  "But he is also a shining example to peers and aspiring young athletes of what a leader and a student-athlete should be.  He represents everything we hope for in a Gatorade Player of the Year recipient."The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that sanction high school football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, baseball, softball, and boys and girls track & field, and awards one National Player of the Year in each sport. The selection process is administered by USA TODAY High School Sports and the Gatorade high school sports leadership team, which work with top sport-specific experts and a media advisory board of accomplished, veteran prep sports journalists to determine the state winners in each sport. Former notable Gatorade National Players of the Year include: Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Peyton Manning WNBA all-time leading scorer and rebounder Lisa Leslie NFL all-time leading rusher Emmitt Smith Kansas City Royals Cy Young award-winner Zach GrienkeFor more information on the Gatorade Player of the Year program, including nomination information, a complete list of former winners, and future announcement dates, visit the Gatorade Player of the Year Web site at http://playeroftheyear.gatorade.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GatoradePOY or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/Gatorade.ALL-TIME GATORADE NATIONAL FOOTBALL PLAYERS OF THE YEARYEARNAMEHIGH SCHOOLSTATUS2012-132011-122010-112009-102008-092007-08Max BrowneJohnathan GrayJustin WorleyMalcolm JonesGarrett GilbertMatt BarkleySkyline HS/Sammamish, WAAledo High School/Aledo, TXNorthwestern HS/Rock Hill, SCOaks Christian School/Westlake Village, CALake Travis HS/Austin, TXMater Dei HA/Santa Ana, CAHigh School SeniorUniversity of TexasUniversity of TennesseeUCLASouthern Methodist UniversityUniversity of Southern California2006-07John BrantleyTrinity Catholic HS/Ocala, FLNFL Free Agent2005-06Mitch MustainSpringdale HS/Springdale, ARBristol (TN) White Sox2004-05Greg PaulusChristian Brothers Academy/Syracuse, NYOhio State (Coordinator)2003-04Jeff ByersLoveland HS/Loveland, COCarolina Panthers2002-03Kyle WrightMonte Vista HS/Danville, CANFL Free Agent2001-02Lorenzo BookerSt. Bonaventure HS/Ventura, CAChicago Bears2000-01Joe MauerCretin-Derham Hall/St. Paul, MNMinnesota Twins1999-00Brock BerlinEvangel Christian Academy/Shreveport, LARetired from NFL1998-99Chris LewisPolytechnic HS/Long Beach, CARetired from NFL Europe1997-98Ronald CurryHampton HS/Hampton, VANFL Free Agent1996-97Travis MinorCatholic HS/Baton Rouge, LANFL Free Agent1995-96Tim CouchLeslie County HS/Hyden, KYRetired from NFL1994-95Brock HuardPuyallup HS/Puyallup, WARetired from NFL1993-94Peyton ManningIsidore Newman School/New Orleans, LADenver Broncos1992-93Ron PowlusBerwick HS/Berwick, PAUniversity of Akron (Coach)1991-92Chris WalshCretin-Derham Hall/St. Paul, MNRetired from NFL1990-91Marquette SmithWinter Park HS/Lake Howell, FLOsceola Ghost Riders (Coach)1989-90Robert SmithEuclid HS/Euclid, OHRetired from NFL1988-89Terry KirbyTabb HS/Tabb, VARetired from NFL1987-88Curtis BrayGateway HS/Monroeville, PAIowa State (Coach)1986-87Emmitt SmithEscambia HS/Pensacola, FLRetired from NFL1985-86Jeff GeorgeWarren Central HS/Indianapolis, INRetired from NFLAbout GatoradeThe Gatorade Company, a division of PepsiCo (NYSE: PEP), provides sports performance innovations designed to meet the needs of athletes at all competitive levels and across a broad range of sports. Gatorade Thirst Quencher® is backed by more than 40 years of research and is scientifically formulated and athletically proven to quench thirst, replace fluids and electrolytes, and provide carbohydrate energy to enhance athletic performance. The company's product portfolio is built around the G Series?, a 1-2-3 approach to athlete nutrition and hydration before (Gatorade Prime 01?), during (Gatorade® Perform 02 and G2® Perform 02), and after (Gatorade Recover 03?) training or competition. For more information, please visit www.gatorade.com.  About PepsiCoPepsiCo offers the world's largest portfolio of billion-dollar food and beverage brands, including 18 different product lines that each generate more than $1 billion in annual retail sales.  Our main businesses ? Frito-Lay, Quaker, Pepsi-Cola, Tropicana and Gatorade ? also make hundreds of other nourishing, tasty foods and drinks that bring joy to our consumers in over 200 countries.  With more than $43 billion in 2008 revenues, PepsiCo employs 198,000 people who are united by our unique commitment to sustainable growth, called Performance with Purpose.  By dedicating ourselves to offering a broad array of choices for healthy, convenient and fun nourishment, reducing our environmental impact, and fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace culture, PepsiCo balances strong financial returns with giving back to our communities worldwide.  For more information, please visit www.pepsico.com.About USA TODAY Sports Media GroupThe USA TODAY Sports Media Group encompasses all sports initiatives across USA TODAY Sports and Gannett's more than 100 well-known local media brands. It also includes the sports photography wire service USA TODAY Sports Images, USA TODAY High School Sports and the hundreds of sites within USA TODAY Sports Digital Properties such as thebiglead.com and mixed martial arts site MMAjunkie.com, among others. USA TODAY is owned by Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI). SOURCE GatoradeFor further information: Ashley Ginascol +1-312-729-3622