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NMSU football creates Pervis Atkins Award

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LAS CRUCES – At halftime of the final home men’s basketball game of the 2013-14 season on Thursday against Grand Canyon, New Mexico State head football coach Doug Martin was to present the first annual Pervis Atkins Spirit Award to a member of the NMSU football program. The award was created to honor former Aggie great and college football Hall of Famer Pervis Atkins.
“I would like every single Aggie to know that Pervis Atkins and his family feel honored to know that there are athletes who continue the tradition of dedication, teamwork and good character in this current day,” said Atkins’ daughter Christine. “Thank you for remembering to honor the qualities in athletes that make them more than just a statistic, that they too can share in a legacy that will inspire those to come in future generations.”
The award was created by Albuquerque resident Charlie Rogers, an NMSU alumnus and close friend of the Atkins’ family, and his former New Mexico State teammates. The 2014 award recipient was selected by Martin and his coaching staff based on the characteristics that Atkins exemplified while he was an Aggie, including leadership and being a champion on and off the field.
“This award is very prestigious and it links us back to a very successful time in Aggie football and back to one of the most successful football players in Pervis Atkins,” Martin said. “We are privileged to be reconnected with that group of men. It also gives our players something to shoot for and something to emulate once they come here.”

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