NORTHBROOK, Ill. – Harvard football senior defensive back Max Jones has earned a spot on the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, which recognizes 22 college football student-athletes and an honorary head coach for outstanding contributions to their communities, Allstate and the American Football Coaches Association announced on Monday morning.
Off the field, Jones started the Project Proximate fellowship program, which aims to help Black and Latinx college students acquire and develop the tools necessary to be change agents in closing the racial wealth gap. The organization partners with the Boston Consulting Group and pairs management consultants and teams of college students with minority entrepreneurs and have them work on projects to help the minority-owned businesses scale and grow.
The overarching goal is two-fold. First, bring wealth to marginalized communities by supporting business owners from those communities, thus generating jobs and wealth. Second, create change agents by exposing college students to entrepreneurial mindsets, hard skills to help their careers, and a network of individuals interested in racial equity.
In March 2022, Project Proximate closed its second cohort, which consisted of 16 college fellows from six different colleges and six minority-owned businesses. Over the next year, the group will be formalizing the program, possibly seeking a 501(c)3 status, and pursuing funding to make the fellowship a paid opportunity for students.
On the field, Jones has played in 27 career games with 86 tackles and four interceptions. He earned Phil Steele Preseason All-Ivy League Second Team honors in both 2020 and 2021. He played in all 10 games in both the 2018 and 2019 seasons.
Team officials from across the country nominated players from their schools for the prestigious award based on their work off the field. A list of 114 nominees was announced in July before the final 22-player roster was chosen by the selection panel, which includes former Good Works Team players, journalists and officials from Allstate and the AFCA. The panel looks for players who demonstrate exceptional leadership on and off the football field.
“For 31 years, the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team has reminded us how to use our position in life — whatever that may be — to lift up those around us,” said Tim Tebow, two-time national champion, Heisman Trophy winner and 2009 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team member. “There are so many players across all levels of the game who use their platforms for good, and it is an inspiration to see the variety of ways these young men choose to help make our society better.”
The class of 2022 might be founding nonprofits, donating Name, Image and Likeness (NIL) earnings to those in need, building houses for areas hit by natural disasters, mentoring kids or collecting food for the hungry. Whatever the cause, this is a group of college football stars eager to help their communities.
“The Allstate AFCA Good Works Team is arguably college football’s highest honor because it recognizes a player’s integrity and service off the field rather than their performance on it,” said Executive Vice President and General Manager, Allstate Sales and Distribution, Troy Hawkes. “The sports world is often defined by what happens between the lines. While they are also accomplished as players, these 22 student-athletes make a monumental difference in their communities. Allstate is so proud to honor them as beacons of positive change around the country .”
The final roster features 11 players from the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision; 11 players from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II, III and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics; and one honorary head coach.
Allstate will continue its tradition of rewarding these athletes with an NIL opportunity as well as a charity match from The Allstate Foundation.
The following players have been named to the 2022 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team:
Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS)
Anders Carlson, Auburn University
DeWayne Carter, Duke University
Dillan Gibbons, Florida State University
Jordan Ferguson, Middle Tennessee State University
Ryan Hilinski, Northwestern University
Patrick Fields, Stanford University
Tony Bradford, Jr., Texas Tech University
Kearis Jackson, University of Georgia
JD Bertrand, University of Notre Dame
Deslin Alexandre, University of Pittsburgh
Caleb Williams, University of Southern California
Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II, III and NAIA
Austin Brenner, Ashland University
Jailen Branch, Bentley University
Matthew Feldick, Bethel University (Minn.)
Max JonesHarvard University
Alan Gorny, Johns Hopkins University
Sione Tuifua, Morningside University
James Kaczor, North Dakota State University
Garrison Dodge, Peru State College
Michael Wozniak, Saint John’s University (Minn.)
Caleb High, Southeastern Oklahoma State University
Matt Lilja, University of Mount Union
Honorary Head Coach
Mark Stoops, University of Kentucky
The Selection Panel
The final 22-member team and honorary coach were chosen by a selection panel that includes former Allstate AFCA Good Works Team members and journalists.
In addition to Hawkes and Tebow, the 2022 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team selection panel members are: Zaid Abdul-Aleem (Duke, 1994 team); Brian Brenberg (St. Thomas, 2001); Wes Counts (Middle Tennessee State, 1999); Mike Proman (Amherst, 2002); Matt Stinchcomb (Georgia, 1997 and 1998); media members Kirk Herbstreit (ESPN), Blair Kerkhoff (Kansas City Star) and Paul Myerberg (USA Today); 2022 AFCA President and University of Wyoming Head Coach Craig Bohl; and 2001 AFCA President and current Athletic Director at Virginia Union University Joe Taylor.
Vote for the Captain
At ESPN.com/Allstate, fans can learn more about the players’ accomplishments and vote for the 2022 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team captain once a day now through Nov. 22.
“So often, stories like these go overlooked in collegiate athletics. Our sport is defined by character and a team-first mentality, and the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team personifies all that is good about football,” AFCA Executive Director Todd Berry said. “We encourage fans from all over to learn more about all that these players are doing for their communities.”
Throughout the season, fans can join the conversation using #GoodWorksTeam on their social media channels to learn more about these players and their stories.
About the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®
The Allstate AFCA Good Works Team was established in 1992 by the College Football Association, recognizing the extra efforts made by college football players and student support staff off the field. The AFCA became the governing body of the award in 1997 and continues to honor college football players who go the extra mile for those in need. Allstate worked to present the award starting with the 2008 season.
The Southeastern Conference (SEC) leads all conferences with 82 selections to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team since it began in 1992. The SEC is followed by the Atlantic Coast Conference with 52 selections and the Big 12 Conference and Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, both with 39 selections. Georgia is in first place with 22 honorees to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. The Bulldogs are followed by Kentucky with 17 honorees. Super Bowl XLII, XLVI and XLI champion quarterbacks Eli and Peyton Manning were members of the 2002 and 1997 Allstate AFCA Good Works Teams, respectively.
About the AFCA
The AFCA was founded in 1922 and currently has more than 11,000 members around the world ranging from the high school level to the professional ranks. According to its constitution, the AFCA was formed, in part, to “maintain the highest possible standards in football and in the coaching profession” and to “provide a forum for the discussion and study of all matters pertaining to football.”