Army West Point fullbacks coach and military veteran Mike Viti has been named the eighth recipient of the Armed Forces Merit Award, it was announced by the Football Writers Association (FWAA) on Veteran's Day. Coordinated by the staff at the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl, the Armed Forces Merit Award presented by the FWAA was created in June 2012 to honor an individual and/or a group within the realm of the sport of football.
Brant Ringler, executive director of the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl, and Matt Fortuna, FWAA president, announced Monday that Viti was selected from a list of 38 nominations (33 individuals and five programs) as the 2019 recipient by a seven-person committee made up of FWAA members and Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl officials. "Coach Viti has distinguished himself as a collegiate football player, an Army veteran and now as a coach," said Ringler. "More importantly, Coach Viti has given of himself with his work with Legacies Alive in support of families of our nation's fallen heroes." Read more.