May 4, 2014
The Minnesota Chapter of the National Football Foundation held its annual Minnesota Football Honors Awards Event tonight at the Hilton Minneapolis and several Gophers were recognized in front of a capacity crowd.
Peter Westerhaus, was named the state’s Mr. Football in 2010 and signed a national letter of intent to Minnesota in 2011, received the Courage Award. Westerhaus, who survived a serious accident at the Grand Canyon in March 2011 when a boulder fell on his head, has been battling ulcerative colitis. The disease ended his football career before he ever played one down for the Gophers, but it could not end his spirit and unwavering toughness. Westerhaus received a standing ovation after receiving the award.
Defensive tackle Ra’Shede Hageman, who will be selected in the 2014 NFL Entry Draft this week, was honored with the Bobby Bell College Impact Player of the Year Award. Hageman was named All-Big Ten and was an Associated Press Third-team All-American. Hageman notched 26 solo tackles along with 12 assisted tackles as a senior and also registered 13 tackles-for-loss. He also hauled in one interception and blocked a field goal and an extra point.
Tom Moe, who played football and baseball for the Gophers and later served as interim men’s athletic director, received the Bud Grant Distinguished Minnesotan Award. Moe was named the football Team MVP in 1959 and then helped the Gophers win a national title in baseball in 1960. Moe received his law degree win honors from Minnesota in 1963 and returned to campus in 1999 when he was named interim athletic director. Moe directed the Gophers for three years and during that time Minnesota won four national championships.
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