Duncan lands on Allstate AFCA Good Works team
JEFFERSON CITY — Carson-Newman football kicker Curt Duncan has been named to the Allstate AFCA Good Works team. He becomes the third Eagle in three years – following Byron Bell (2011) and Kevin Day (2012) – to make the team.
Carson-Newman and Nebraska are the only two football program’s in the country to have three consecutive players honored by Allstate and the American Football Coaches’ Association.
“To see where the Lord has brought me from,” Duncan said. “And taken care of so many drastic things that could have happened to me. It’s such a testimony to the Cross and what Jesus has done for me. It’s just a true privilege.”
Duncan was a CoSIDA Academic All-American a year ago and made the preseason BSN all-America team.
His exploits off the field are perhaps even more prolific.
From his infancy to age 16, Duncan was raised in the mission fields of South Africa. His
father, Alan Duncan, a former kicker at the University of Tennessee, raised Curt to help others.
As such, from the age of 8 to his sophomore year in high school, he actively guided native South Africans to a life of Christ.
“This is more of an honor than anything on the field because we spend more time off the field than on it,” Duncan said. “I wouldn’t be here without my family or teammates.”
Since coming to America, Duncan’s life has continued to be Christ-centered. He’s presented the Gospels to elementary school-aged children as a worship leader at Manley Baptist Church where he also serves as a drummer for Youth Band and Services – 2008-present
He’s acted as a mentor for high school aged boys under the leadership of Manley Baptist’s youth pastor. Duncan also teaches Sunday school in this role and has given testimony at more than 10 churches throughout East Tennessee as a part of his continued calling to Christ.
“I do what I can’t not do,” Duncan said. “I ask myself daily why I deserve anything the Lord has given me, and I really don’t. I just ask myself daily, ‘what would Jesus do?’”
His service work is bountiful, too. Duncan’s worked with Appalachian Outreach, Luke 14 and Food on Foot.
For more than two decades, the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® has recognized college football players at all levels of the sport for inspiring acts of service and off-the-field achievements. This summer, the program received a record 150 nominations from colleges and universities across the country. From the nominations, an esteemed voting panel comprised of former Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® members and college football media selected 11 players from the Football Bowl Subdivision and 11 players from the Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II, III and the NAIA to comprise the 22-player team.
“The AFCA, along with our partner Allstate, has been honoring football student-athletes for their good works, volunteerism and community service for 22 years with the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team,” Grant Teaff, AFCA Executive Director said. “The 2013 class of Good Works Team members is another great example of the outstanding athletes, and even better men, that our nation’s college football programs produce each year.”
- From Contributed Reports