The Watkins Award has established itself as the nation’s premier award for African American male high school seniors who represent the highest achievement in academics and athletics. The Award is emblematic of an extraordinary athlete, a bonafide scholar, and a person who has been recognized by prominent people in his community as a leader, volunteer, and community advocate.
Matt Daniels is a 2008 Watkins Award Honoree from Fayette County High School in Fayetteville, Georgia. He attended, played football, and graduated from Duke University as an Academic All-American. He played several years in the NFL prior to taking an assistant coaching position with the Los Angeles Rams which he played for prior. Matt Daniels has the distinquished honor to have been the only High School Academic All-American Athlete to be recognized in the U.S. 110th Congress, Second Session of the Congressional Record in Washington, D.C.