Football player nominated for Allstate Good Works Team for second time

August 31, 2018 | Athletics, News, Alumni
By Paul Helgren

Toledo senior wide receiver Cody Thompson has been nominated for the 2018 Allstate American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Good Works Team.

It is the second consecutive season that Thompson has been nominated for the award.

Every year, the Allstate Insurance Co. and the American Football Coaches Association honor college football players who balance academics and athletics, while remaining committed to helping others and bettering their communities.

Thompson was a first-team All-Mid-American Conference selection in 2016, catching 64 passes for a then school record 1,269 yards and 11 touchdowns. Last season, he was averaging 126.3 yards per game and 18.7 yards per catch going into the Eastern Michigan game Oct. 7 in which he suffered a season-ending injury. He was granted an injury hardship waiver by the NCAA, giving him another chance to complete his senior season.

Thompson, who earned Academic All-MAC honors in 2016, graduated last December with a 3.7 GPA in marketing. He is pursuing his master’s degree in recreation and leisure.

He has volunteered for numerous community activities and organizations, including the Toledo Boys and Girls Club, Ronald McDonald House, Cherry Street Mission, RockeThon for Mercy Children’s Hospital, Kids Day at the Glass City Marathon, Victory Day, the Toledo Crash wheelchair football team, and more.

A total of 169 student-athletes from all levels of college football were nominated for the award. A final roster of 22 award recipients will be unveiled in September. From the nominees submitted by sports information directors across the nation on behalf of their schools, a special voting panel consisting of former Allstate AFCA Good Works Team members and prominent college football media members will select the 2018 Good Works Team.

Once the final team members are announced in September, fans are encouraged to visit the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team website on, featuring profiles and images of the players, for the opportunity to vote for the 2018 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team Captain.

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