NC State saw one of its own featured Saturday when the West defeated the East, 24-12, in the annual U.S. Army All-American Bowl for top high school players.
The NC State connection came in the form of Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno ’86 MSE, who was sworn in that position in September 2011. Odierno was featured in a message with a couple of players during the game in San Antonio.
According to ARNews, Odierno met with the players on Friday. In his remarks, he stressed to the players that their futures need to include more than just football.
“Now the last thing I leave you with is that you all have an opportunity and many of you told me that you’ve been accepted by this college or that college,” he told the players. “Now that means you have an opportunity to improve yourself for later in life. And that opportunity is not only to get to play football, but also to get an education… and you’ll be able to move forward and contribute to society in a big way,” he said.