Reigning NFL rushing leader DeMarco Murray and 2004 Gatorade Female Athlete of the Year Candace Parker have been added the star-studded lineup of athletes expected to attend the 13th annual Gatorade High School Athlete of the Year awards Tuesday in Los Angeles.
One male athlete and one female athlete will be selected from among the 12 Gatorade National Player of the Year winners in their respective sports.
They join a group that includes Women’s World Cup and Olympic gold medalists Abby Wambach and Julie Foudy; NFL Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt; Draymond Green of the NBA champion Golden State Warriors; No. 1 overall NBA draft pick Karl-Anthony Towns and U.S. men’s national team career leading scorer Landon Donovan.
Murray led the NFL with 1,845 rushing yards in 2014 and set a Dallas Cowboys franchise record. In the offseason, Murray signed with the Philadelphia Eagles. He starred at Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas before playing at Oklahoma.
Parker was named the National Girls Basketball Player of the Year in 2003 and 2004 at Naperville, Ill., before continuing her career at Tennessee. The No. 1 overall pick in the 2008 WNBA draft, Parker plays for the Los Angeles Sparks.