Tony Bradford Jr. has led Texas Tech’s efforts with more than 1,200 hours of community service over past year
LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech junior defensive lineman Tony Bradford Jr. has been named a nominee for the AFCA Good Works Team for his impact off the field, notably in his community service efforts in the surrounding Lubbock area.
Since his arrival on campus two years ago, Bradford has immediately became a leader in the Red Raider locker room, inspiring his teammates to give back to the Lubbock community by volunteering for various local organizations. Over the last year alone, Bradford led the efforts from the football program to committing more than 1,200 hours of community service, which ranked second among FBS programs that utilize the Helper Helper app.
Texas Tech has committed considerable hours at local school districts as well as other organizations such as the South Plains Food Bank, the Boys and Girls Club and area children’s homes. The Red Raiders have also organized voter-registration drives and worked to clean up city parks in underprivileged areas of Lubbock.
Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, Bradford still organized teammates to visit local students each Friday before a home football game as part of the Red Raiders’ in-season community efforts. The effort has been part of Bradford’s drive to use his status as a student-athlete to better the lives of those around him, especially in the Lubbock community.
In addition to his role in the community, Bradford has taken steps to advance his future career in law enforcement by serving as a security guard with the Texas Tech Police Department. Bradford, who lists becoming a police chief as his goal after football, has worked with the police department each of the past two springs to gain valuable knowledge of the profession.
Established in 1992, the AFCA Good Works Team is one of the most coveted community service awards in college football. From the initial list of 109 nominees, the final roster of 23 award recipients will bring together 11 student-athletes from the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision, 11 student-athletes from the FCS, Division II and Division III levels as well as NAIA and one honorary head coach.
To be considered, each student-athlete must be actively involved with a charitable organization or service group while maintaining a strong academic standing.
Release provided by Matt Dowdy Texas Tech Athletics