CHICAGO - In conjunction with the start of the NAIA Football
Championship Series last Saturday, Saint Xavier University senior tight end
Brennan Rooney (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield Central) was named the team's
"Champion of Character" representative for the 2010 postseason.
The "Champions of Character" program is the
latest cutting-edge addition to the NAIA's proud history of innovation. Through
Champions of Character, the NAIA seeks to create an environment in which every
student-athlete, coach, official and spectator are committed to the true spirit
of competition through the five core values: respect, integrity,
responsibility, servant leadership and sportsmanship. Every postseason qualifier for the NAIA
Football Championship Series selects a player to represent the team for the
"Champions of Character" initiative.
"Brennan epitomizes what
the NAIA's Champions of Character program is all about," said Saint Xavier
University football coach Mike Feminis.
"Although the contributions he makes don't show up on a stat sheet, he
has been a huge asset to our program over the past five years. He is a smart, hard-working young man with a
bright future and I can't think of a better representative from our team for
this type of award."
Saint Xavier (12-0 overall)
continues its postseason run on Saturday, November 27, with a quarterfinals
game against No. 10 ranked University of Saint Francis (Ind.). The game kicks off at 1 p.m. Saturday at
Bruce R. Deaton Memorial Field in Chicago.