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'It's a great honor' - Marquez receives Maxwell Award for safety
Jan. 28, 2016

Jeff Shearer
AuburnTigers.com

When Dana Marquez learned he would be receiving an award from the prestigious Maxwell Football Club, one of his first calls was to Cam Newton.

"I called Cam and said, `By the way, you're no longer Auburn's only Maxwell Award winner,'" Marquez said. "It's a great honor be part of that club."

Auburn's equipment manager since 2006, Marquez is the inaugural recipient of the Innovation in Safety Award from the Maxwell Football Club and co-sponsor VICIS, a football helmet developer.

The award recognizes the NFL or NCAA FBS equipment manager or athletic trainer who has done the most to advance player safety.

Maxwell recognized Marquez for several safety contributions and innovations.

Marquez invented a football shoulder pad called CarbonTek.

He was the first equipment manager to be named to the SEC's Concussion Committee.

Marquez also conducts online helmet-fitting training sessions, part of his commitment to safety at all levels.

"To be recognized for what we do here at Auburn, understanding the time and effort that our staff puts into the safety of our student-athletes, is a huge honor for us," Marquez said.

"The Maxwell Football Club was founded more than 80 years ago to promote safety in the sport of football, and it's only fitting to recognize the important contributions of equipment managers and athletic trainers," said Mark Wolpert, MFC Executive Director.

"Honoring Dana as the first-ever recipient of the Innovation in Safety Award sets a high bar for the level of dedication and innovation athletic trainers and equipment managers can bring to the quest to improve the safety of athletes," he said.

"Dana is an ideal recipient for the first-ever Innovation in Safety Award," said Dave Marver, CEO of VICIS. "Dana demonstrates the positive impact forward-thinking equipment managers and athletic trainers can have on player safety. We are honored to sponsor this award recognizing Dana's excellence."

Marquez will receive the award on March 11 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, at the Maxwell Club National Awards Gala.

Newton, who won the Maxwell Award and Heisman Trophy at Auburn in 2010, will be honored at the same event as Maxwell's Bert Bell Professional Player of the Year.

"My whole focus is, 'How do I teach our players the understanding of what a helmet can and cannot do for you?' Marquez said. "What your shoulder pad can and cannot do for you. And your footwear. Those are the three items that really are the core value of what equipment is and how we protect our student-athlete.

"To have that education process with our athlete. 'This is why we're fitting the helmet the way we're doing it,' and educating them is a huge part of it," he said. "To now be recognized for the time and the effort we've been putting in is pretty cool."


 

 

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