SAN ANTONIO, TX — Sanchez is a standout quarterback at Mission Viejo High School and was one of 400 players nominated nationally and one of 78 selected to participate by Tom Lemming, a well-respected evaluator of prep football talent and contributor to ESPN Sports and USA Today.
As a result of being one of the top high school football players in the nation, Mark Sanchez was selected to lead his team of superstar athletes, gathered in San Antonio, Texas, to participate in this year’s U.S. Army All-American Bowl at the Alamodome. This classic east vs. west match-up featured the best 78 high school football student-athletes in the country. For the First Time, a Hispanic was selected as Quarterback for this Classic.
In an action-packed contest of teamwork and athleticism, the West came out on top to defeat the East in the 2005 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, the final score, West 35 – East 3 crowning Sanchez as a top Quarterback.
“It was a great pleasure to have this fine young man selected to represent his school and community as a U.S. Army All-American,” said Colonel Thomas Nickerson, Director of Strategic Outreach for the U.S. Army Accessions Command. “Mark has proven himself to be a superior athlete and I know he added an exciting dimension to the game. Our slogan, ‘An Army of One,’ recognizes the value of individual talents toward achieving team goals, and his talents make him a strong addition to this All-American team, Nickerson added.
Lemming declared: “Mission Viejo’s coach Bob Johnson told me that Mark is one of the best quarterbacks he has coached –or coached against– in his long high school football career. Mark proves to be a great competitor, who can throw any ball –short or long– accurately and effectively. He also appears to be mature enough to become an impact player as a true freshman if he enters the right program.”
As a U.S. Army All-American, Sanchez was named the Ball Park National High School Player of the Year, a title honoring the nation’s best prep football player at the 2005 U.S. Army All-American Awards . Sanchez also received the Army of One Award, this award goes to the two players (one East one West) who best showcase the Army’s high standards of excellence in community service, education and athletic distinction.