Gibson garners academic accolade


Continuing a tradition that began a few years ago, Granbury’s Quade Gibson has been selected for a Scholar-Athlete Award by the National Football Foundation Gridiron Club of Dallas.

The award recognizes outstanding high school and college athletes in North Texas.

Gibson, a senior on the Pirates’ 2011 football playoff squad, was recognized along with 67 other scholar-athletes at a banquet Monday at the Marriott Quorum in Addison.

“Quade is very deserving, and we are extremely proud he is representing Granbury High School,” said Granbury Athletic Director Dwight Butler. “He is a great role model for all our athletes in the way he has prepared and handled himself throughout his years at GHS.”

The criteria used to evaluate those honored included athletic accomplishments, performance in the classroom, and commitment to the community. The selection committee included coaches, teachers, administrators and business leaders from the North Texas area.

“This is the fourth year we’ve honored high school scholars, and I think this is the best bunch we’ve had yet,” said Gridiron Club President Gerald Brence.

“These players represent everything good in football, and they serve as a tremendous example about what it means to bring the same competitive spirit to academics that we teach them to use on the field.”

Previous GHS honorees are Zach Mathis (2009), Joe Wallace (2010) and Bret Roper (2011).

Longtime Dallas Cowboys personnel director Gil Brandt accepted the Distinguished Texan Award. Award-winning sportscaster Scott Murray served as emcee.