Coprich Recounts Allstate AFCA GoodWorks Team® Sugar Bowl Trip
Cal's Jeffrey Coprich was one of 22 players named to the 2014 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® who enjoyed a New Year's trip to the 2015 College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Allstate Sugar Bowl as part of being honored for their service to the community. Here's an account of the trip from Coprich.
First off, I am so honored to have been a part of the Allstate AFCA GoodWorks Team®. It was such a great experience being able to attend the Sugar Bowl. It was my first time visiting New Orleans. For so many years I learned about the historical background and importance New Orleans held so it was a good feeling finally going. As soon as I landed in New Orleans the atmosphere changed. New Orleans is big on music, so everyone was welcomed with a live band playing some of the original jazz music of New Orleans. There was red everywhere you turned because there were so many Alabama and Ohio State fans. Before I got too busy, my father and I ate at some of the famous restaurants. The food was great.
I got a chance to meet 21 other great young men who also gave back to the community and you can tell we all were inspired by each other. We all had different stories but we all had one thing in common, helping young children and giving back to the less fortunate communities. I also made a lot of connections, which will help me in the long run.
My team and I were fortunate enough to be introduced to all the Allstate members. We even got a chance to meet the face behind Allstate, Dennis Haysbert, who does some of the commercials. He is a big Cal fan. His daughter is a student-athlete who runs track for Cal.
On gameday, once we arrived we had a walkthru of what we would be doing during halftime. Although I wasn’t going to be playing it felt good to be standing on the Superdome field. It is a place where I dream to play one day as the Saints are one of my favorite teams. After we were done with the walkthru, we went to the skybox to watch the game. In the skybox they had everything you needed. We felt what it was like to have that luxury life style.
I had never been a part of something so big. The fans for each team were over the top. On my right side there were Alabama fans and on my left Ohio State fans. I was rooting for Ohio State because my friend Mike Thomas in on their team. Once halftime hit, we walked down to the field and were presented to the thousands of people in attendance. The video was shown on the jumbotrons illustrating what we do in the community. The fans showed us a lot of love and respect for what we do.
The whole weekend was very fun, and I definitely won’t forget my experiences down in New Orleans. I will be back. Games like the Sugar Bowl are the type of games that I work so hard to play in. I can’t wait until I am fully healed. I am looking forward to spring ball. I know when it comes time to ball I am going to make big plays. GO BEARS!