Dolney Receives National Award Recognizing Character and Sportsmanship

December 18, 2017
Dolney with his award
David Dolney is the recipient of the Burlsworth Character Award.

Senior Offensive Lineman David Dolney is a recipient of the Burlsworth Character Award, a national award that recognizes character and sportsmanship in high school football. The award honors a player that represents the ideals and values of the late Brandon Burlsworth, as he gave 100% on the field and stood as a moral example to his team, the University of Arkansas. The award encourages the honoree to continue on his path of excellence and inspire others to follow his lead.

Dolney was nominated by the Centennial football staff for the qualities embodied by the late Burlsworth.

More on Brandon Burlsworth
Brandon Burlsworth arrived on the University of Arkansas campus in 1994 as a walk-on. Through his unbelievable work ethic and ceaseless determination, Burlsworth not only earned a scholarship, but became team captain, All-SEC 1997-1998, First Team All-American in 1998, and the first All-American from the University of Arkansas in a decade. He was also named to the All-SEC Academic Honor Roll, 1995-1998, and was the first football player in the entire history of his university to earn a Master's degree before playing his last game. Burlsworth was selected by the Indianapolis Colts as the 63rd overall pick in the 1999 NFL draft. 

Burlsworth was killed in a head-on automobile collision just 11 days after the draft. Today, the University of Arkansas created an endowment in Brandon's name. Eighteen $5,000 academic scholarships and one $10,000 walk-on athletic scholarship are awarded each year to enrolled University of Arkansas upper class men who exemplify the qualities Burlsworth represented.