Army LB Rodriguez wins Sullivan Award



NEW YORK (AP) — Army linebacker Andrew Rodriguez has won the James E. Sullivan Award, given by the Amateur Athletic Union to the top amateur athlete in the United States.

The award was presented Tuesday night during a ceremony at the New York Athletic Club.

Rodriguez is the sixth football player to win the award, and third from Army, joining Doc Blanchard (1945) and Arnold Rucker (1946).

Rodriguez has a 4.14 GPA as a mechanical engineering major, and is ranked third academically in a class of 1,052 cadets. After missing the 2010 season because of a back injury, he had 59 tackles and an interception in 12 games in 2011.

The other five finalists were shot putter Jillian Camarena-Williams, volleyball player Alex Jupiter, rower Jason Read, speedskater Katherine Reutter and gymnast Jordyn Weiber.