Windsor's Zach Peck a finalist for Pro Football Hall of Fame and U.S. Army award

Windsor's Zach Peck a finalist for Pro Football Hall of Fame and U.S. Army award

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Windsor's Zach Peck a finalist for Pro Football Hall of Fame and U.S. Army award

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Windsor High School football player Zach Peck has been named a finalist for the U.S. Army and Pro Football Hall of Fame Award of Excellence.

The program is entering its second year after first being introduced in 2012 by Pro Football Hall of Famer and former Denver Bronco Shannon Sharpe. The award highlights achievements in and out of the classroom.

There are 10 finalists across the country for the award. Peck, a senior linebacker at Windsor, is the only Colorado finalist.

“I was extremely surprised. I’m very grateful,” said Peck, who is also on the Windsor basketball team. “It’s a big deal to me, I’m very proud that I’ve been able to achieve this award.”

Peck helps has has helped Project Healing Waters, a program that helps the physical and emotional rehabilitation for disabled active military personnel and disabled veterans through fly fishing. He also helps coach his 11-year-old brother in basketball and football and is a captain on the Windsor football team.

Each of the 10 finalists will travel with all expenses paid to the 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl and the winner will be announced during the bowl’s award ceremony. The game is on Jan. 3, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas. Peck’s Windsor teammate Trenton Noller has been nominated to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

Windsor football coach Chris Jones got Peck started on the nomination and wrote a letter recommending him as a worthy recipient.

“He’s a good kid, he’s worked hard. He’s a good guy to represent our school, our community and our region,” Jones said. “I’m just proud that we in Northern Colorado are sending a kid like that down there.”

Nate Lowis of Sacred-Heart Griffin High School in Springfield, Ill. was the inaugural award winner.

Peck recently received a scholarship offer from Navy and says it his top college choice right now.

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