Windsor High School senior Zach Peck will receive a plaque from Denver Broncos Hall of Fame running back Floyd Little when the U.S. Army and the Pro Football Hall of Fame recognizes the student-athlete Thursday at Reg Figal Gymnasium.
Peck is one of 10 finalists for the U.S. Army-Pro Football Hall of Fame Award for Excellence. In its second year, the Award for Excellence program, which is open to all United States sophomore and junior level high school athletes, focuses on not only athletic achievement, but excellence in academics and community involvement.
The 6-3, 225-pound Peck, who plays football and basketball for the Wizards, will be recognized in a special ceremony at 10:50 a.m. in front of the high school student body.
Peck and the other nine finalists — male and female — will travel to the 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl game in San Antonio, which will be held in the Alamodome Jan. 4, 2014, and participate in various activities. The winner of the Award for Excellence will be announced during the bowl’s awards ceremony on Jan. 3, 2014. The inaugural Award for Excellence was awarded last year to Nate Lowis from Sacred-Heart Griffin High School in Springfield, Ill.
Peck is the only Colorado student-athlete to receive the nomination.
“I’m the only kid from Colorado. This is a big deal. At first I didn’t realize how big of a deal it was,” said Peck, the son of Terisa and Bruce Peck of Windsor, in a Windsor Now story last August. “It was really cool when I found out. It’s extremely exciting. All of my coaches, my teammates and my parents made this all possible and for me to be able to achieve this award and to be able to do all this cool stuff is really amazing. Starting my freshmen year, I would never think that I’d be at the point I am now.”
Other student-athletes among the 10 are from Michigan, Indiana, Arizona, Ohio, Massachusetts, Texas and Kentucky.
“The U.S. Army is strongly committed to America’s youth and supports their many achievements,” said Mark Davis, deputy assistant Secretary of Army for Marketing in a news release. “The nominees for the Award for Excellence possess a unique set of strengths and adherence to a core set of values shared by Army Strong Soldiers. These students don’t just excel athletically and academically, they are leaders in their communities.”
“The Pro Football Hall of Fame is proud to continue its mission to educate and promote the excellence that comes with America’s favorite game, football, and combine it with the U.S. Army’s mission of excellence in school, community service and through athletics,” said George Veras, president and CEO, Pro Football Hall of Fame Enterprises. “We are excited to recognize Zach Peck for his outstanding achievements and hard work.”
“It’s extremely exciting. All of my coaches, my teammates and my parents made this all possible and for me to be able to achieve this award and to be able to do all this cool stuff is really amazing,” Peck said. “Starting my freshman year, I would never think that I’d be at the point I am now.”
Peck, who is a two-year starter for the second straight year at defensive end for the Wizards, carries a 3.8 grade-point average and takes advanced-placement and college-level classes at Windsor High School. A member of the National Honor Society who helps coach his little brother’s football and basketball teams, Peck and his dad are involved with Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc., which according to its website is dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military service personnel and disabled veterans through fly fishing and associated activities including education and outings. Peck’s dad served 22 years in the Navy.
“It’s extremely exciting. All of my coaches, my teammates and my parents made this all possible and for me to be able to achieve this award and to be able to do all this cool stuff is really amazing. Starting my freshman year, I would never think that I’d be at the point I am now.