Casey one of three Baldwin scholar-athletes recognized for Bryant-Jordan Award

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BAY MINETTE, Ala.  – Baldwin County High senior Albany Casey has been recognized for his commitment to achievement on and off the field. The multi-letterman for the gridiron Tigers is headed to Georgia Tech to play for the Division I, Ramblin’ Wreck Yellow Jackets who compete in the Atlantic Coast Conference. He plans to major in business and marketing.

  “I’ve always thought of football as my main sport,” he said. “My father (Adrian Likely) played for the Huskies at Washington and he has been a big supporter as well as a great mentor and teacher, too.

 He said his dad is also helping hm with his training.

“He is a big help with staying in shape, especially these days having to work out on my own and stay in shape with all that’s going on (corona-virus quarantine mandates) right now. But I’m excited about getting up there and start getting ready for the season on campus. But right now, it’s all about working out and staying in shape.”

To do that he has been working out with weights, running and shadow boxing. Casey also said he hopes to know more about the return to normal timeline by mid-to-late June.

“I want to thank all my coaches and teachers who have helped me get ready for college.” He said. “Whether it was in the classroom or on the field. I couldn’t have done it without them and all their help.”

This year, in lieu of an actual banquet which has been held annually since 1986, the Bryant-Jordan Foundation recognized the regional recipients, the class and overall winners via television and online streaming. The Bryant-Jordan Foundation and WOTM TV produced the television and webcast show for broadcast over the AHSAA TV Network and the NFHS Network. The banquet was canceled due to crowd restrictions mandated by Governor Kay Ivey with respect to COVID-19 precautions. The Bryant-Jordan Awards Banquet emcee Chris Stewart served as host of the broadcast.

The Bryant-Jordan Program, named in honor of legendary coaches Paul “Bear” Bryant and Ralph “Shug” Jordan,  has annually recognized 52 senior student-athletes, one from each of the eight AHSAA districts in Classes 1A through 6A and one from each of the four districts in Class 7A in the Bryant-Jordan Achievement Award category and the Bryant-Jordan Scholar-Athlete category.

     Each regional winner is presented a $3,000 scholarship to the college of their choice from the Bryant-Jordan Foundation. During the ceremony the seven Scholar-Athlete Class winners and seven Achievement Award Class winners were also announced. Each received an additional $3,500 scholarship. The Larry D. Striplin, Jr. Scholar-Athlete of the Year recipient and the Ken and Betty Joe Blankenship Achievement Award Student-Athlete of the Year recipient were also announced. Each received an additional $4,000 scholarship. Several other special scholarships were also presented.

   The Bryant-Jordan Awards Program has been held annually since 1986 with more than $10.8 million in scholarship funding distributed to 3,222 student recipients.