Rudy Award
PHS Senior nominated for Rudy Award
Posted on 11/18/2009
Judson Whitfield, a senior center for the Pepperell Dragon football team, has been nominated for a Rudy Award on the Rudy Awards High School Football website. The website honors football players who have exhibited the characteristics of Daniel 'Rudy' Ruettiger whose passion for football and desire to play for Notre Dame was portrayed in the movie “Rudy.” Whitfield is one of three Georgia players and 84 nominees from across the country.

The High School Football Rudy Awards honor inspirational football players who best define what Rudy refers to as the "The Four C’s": Character, Courage, Contribution and Commitment. Nominees will be chosen by online fans, and by a selection committee made up of such members as Drew Bledsoe, Jim Mora Sr., Andy Beal, and Mike Smith.

Judson Whitfield overcame a serious injury to anchor the offensive line for the Dragon football team this season. As a 15 year-old sophomore, Judson broke both bones in his leg just above his ankle while at football practice. After several hours in the Emergency Room, Judson was fitted with a cast that reached from just below his hip to the tips of his toes. Through all the time he was in a cast, Judson missed only the first two days of practice after breaking his leg. He was there at every other practice and game. He even wore a trash bag around his leg to protect the cast when it was raining during game time so that he could be on the sidelines with the team.

Judson is a very well-rounded young man. He not only plays football, but also tennis. He loves music and drama and has participated in numerous honor chorus activities including being selected to All-State Chorus his freshman year. Judson has had several lead and major roles in plays at PHS. He is in the Men’s Quartet and competes in Literary Meets. Academically, Judson is in the top 10% of his class. He has taken many honors and Advanced Placement classes during his high school career. Judson was recently named an AP Scholar for his performance on AP tests.

Judson’s family is very proud of his commitment to excellence and his accomplishments in high school. “It took a lot of courage and commitment, especially for a 15 year old, to go back onto the football field after having such a traumatic injury and enduring the long and painful rehab process,” stated his mother Heather Whitfield. “Judson is a very determined young man who gives everything he does 110%.”

The public can vote for Judson Whitfield through the Rudy Awards website at

There will be three rounds of selection: 
  • In the 1st round twenty semi-finalists will be chosen from the pool of eligible nominees.
  • In the 2nd round the Selection Committee and online Fans will vote to narrow the field from the twenty semi-finalists down to three finalists
  • In the 3rd and final round the Selection Committee and online Fans will vote to select the recipient of the High School Football Rudy Award.
Currently, Judson has inspired over 8014 visitors to the website.