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Wade Named to Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award Watch List

Wade Named to Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award Watch List
Delaware native has played in 15 career games for BC

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. –  Boston College quarterback Darius Wade was
named to the 2017 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award Watch List today. The
watch list boasts 47 standout quarterbacks from different divisions
and conferences across the nation. The Golden Arm Award is presented
at the end of each football season and the winner is selected based on
his accomplishments both on and off the field. Candidates must be a
college senior or fourth-year junior on schedule to graduate with
their class.

This year marks the 30th Anniversary of the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm
Award and The Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation, and we
are proud to honor this new class of candidates. After three decades
of honoring these quarterbacks’ achievements, the Golden Arm Award is
the only college football award that has 10 previous recipients still
competing in the NFL.

The Golden Arm Award committee will announce the Top 15 finalists for
the 2017 Golden Arm Award in September. The 30th anniversary
presentation of the Golden Arm Award will be held on Fri., Dec. 8 at
the Embassy Suites Baltimore Inner Harbor & Grand.

Wade, who graduated from Boston College in May, has two years of
eligibility remaining with the Eagles. The Delaware native has
appeared in 15 career games at Boston College, including nine a
reserve role last season. In his career, Wade is 33-of-69 passing for
355 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Wade started the first three games
of the 2015 season before missing the rest of the year due to a leg
injury.

“The Golden Arm Award values character, citizenship, integrity,
leadership, and sportsmanship – characteristics that were displayed by
my father. These attributes were every bit as important as the
quarterback’s completion rate or number of touchdowns scored,” says
John C. Unitas, Jr., President of the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm
Educational Foundation, Inc. “Despite his many accolades, my Dad never
forgot his humble beginnings and that won him a permanent place in the
hearts of everyone who ever knew him.”

The namesake of the Golden Arm Award has a storied history. Johnny
Unitas was an 18-year veteran of the NFL, who played his collegiate
career at the University of Louisville before joining the Baltimore
Colts in 1958. His career passing figures include 2,830 pass
completions for 40,239 yards, 290 touchdowns and throwing a touchdown
pass in 47 consecutive games.

Proceeds from the event help support the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm
Educational Foundation, Inc. The Foundation provides financial
assistance to underprivileged and deserving young scholar-athletes
throughout Maryland and Kentucky.

Former Boston College standout Matt Ryan won the Johnny Unitas Golden
Arm Award in 2007.

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