As the Rotary Lombardi Awards names college football's top down lineman or linebacker tonight, Newton County will be well represented.
While a former area gridiron standout isn't in the running for one of football's top awards, a local star will still be on the program.
Mansfield native Gannon Adams' song Game Face, which he co-wrote and recorded will be used in the live national telecast of the Rotary Lombardi Awards today at 9 p.m. on the CBS Sports Network.
Gannon, a graduate of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, started a self-titled band in 2012 and has already had musical highlights such as opening for Merle Haggard at Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn. in April 2012.
Gannon began playing at the age of 13 and really picked up his playing while at ABAC, with friend Brian Cagle from Monticello. Cagle introduced him to Barry Williams who encouraged him to do a record. After that, he formed the Gannon Adams Band with bass player Ronnie Williams, drummer Dale Almond and lead guitarists Connor Moon and Nathan Singer.
The finalists for the 2012 Lombardi Awards, eligible to join previous winners such as A.J. Hawk, David Pollack, Julius Peppers, Orlando Pace, Warren Sapp and others, are Georgia's Jarvis Jones, South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney, Notre Dame's Manti Te'o and Alabama's Barret Jones.