March 17, 2008
Providence, R.I. -
University of Louisville senior Brian Brohm, an academic all-American off the field and a record-setting quarterback on the field, has been named the winner of the first BIG EAST Conference/Aéropostale Leadership Award. The award was presented to Brohm at The BIG EAST Championship Presented by Aéropostale at Madison Square Garden.
The BIG EAST/Aéropostale Leadership Award will be presented annually to a BIG EAST scholar-athlete who has demonstrated leadership qualities during his or her undergraduate career, while also excelling on the playing field and in the classroom.
In the classroom, Brohm is a Dean's List student who was a two-time ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America First Team member. He is a finance major who owns a 3.52 grade point average.
On the field, Brohm threw for a BIG EAST-record 9,956 yards in his three seasons in the conference. His career completion percentage of 65.7 makes him the most accurate passer in BIG EAST history. He helped Louisville to its first BIG EAST championship in the 2006 season and was named MVP of the 2007 FedEx Orange Bowl after leading the Cardinals to a win against Wake Forest. Brohm was the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year in 2005.
Brohm, a native of Louisville, also has been active in the local community. He has visited and spoken to the Louisville Boys and Girls Club, Kosair Children's Hospital, St. Francis School, and the Louisville Cards Care Program.
Aéropostale sponsors all of the conference's academic awards for graduate or professional school studies and has provided apparel items to all participants at men's and women's BIG EAST Championship events. In addition, the BIG EAST/Aéropostale Administrative Fellowship Program provides a qualified former student-athlete the opportunity to work at the BIG EAST Conference office to learn the essential elements of athletics administration. Aéropostale and the BIG EAST have been partners since 1999.