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ND FOOTBALL: Junior Sullivan wins Connecticut Player of the Year

Mike Gilloon | Friday, January 27, 2006

Notre Dame’s John Sullivan will be the center of attention on Feb. 11 when he will be honored as the Walter Camp Football Foundation’s Connecticut Player of the Year.

The foundation announced Thursday that the 6-foot-4, 298 pound junior Irish center will receive the award, given annually to the top college football player in America ‘who is a resident of the state of Connecticut’, during a dinner at the Yale University Commons in New Haven.

Sullivan, a 2003 graduate of Greenwich High School, spearheaded a Notre Dame offense that averaged almost 37 points and 477 yards per game.

He is the first Notre Dame player to receive the award. Past winners include former BYU quarterback and NFL Hall of Famer Steve Young who, like Sullilvan attended Greenwich High School and former Boston College and NFL linebacker Bill Romanowski, from Vernon, Conn.

Sullivan was a three-year starter for Greenwich High School. He led the squad to a berth in the state championship game in his senior season, when he was named Connecticut Gatorade Player of the Year.