Kanab High School senior Parker Collins was selected as one of 12 student athletes in Utah to receive the Utah Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame award. He was presented the 2018 Scholar-Leader-Athlete award at a banquet with his family and coach Bucky Orton on April 10 at Utah Valley University in Orem.

Collins was honored with the award, crowning his exemplary accomplishments during his high school career. The award comes with a $2000 scholarship, a ring by Jostens, a crystal trophy and an autographed football. His name will be enshrined in the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, Georgia.

Besides Collins and the other 11 Utah high school football players, the Utah Chapter also recognized current Kansas City Chief safety and former BYU star Danny Sorensen, Rod Marinelli, the current defensive coordinator of the Dallas Cowboys, and other individuals who have made significant contributions to amateur football in the State of Utah.

Scholar athletes are nominated by their coaches, with 40 percent of the award coming from academics, 40 percent from athletic competition, and 20 percent from community service and leadership.

Collins said it was a great experience and quite an honor to be a part of. Collins added, “I want to thank all my amazing coaches, not only for teaching me about football, but also life lessons. I am also grateful to my family and friends for all their support through the years.”

Collins said he is waiting for his mission call, after which he plans on attending Southern Utah University in Cedar City, and then hopefully medical school at the University of Utah.  

Coach Orton said the banquet was the first one he had attended and was amazed at what he saw. Every college coach from the State of Utah was in attendance to congratulate the honorees.

Coach Orton said, “When one of your players gets recognized as being one of the top 12 student athletes in the state, it’s quite an honor, not only for Parker, but for Kanab High School as well. It’s what we strive for in our program.”

Orton said Collins had an ACT score of 31, a 3.9 GPA, and was very active in the community, serving as president of the Kane County Youth Coalition this year.

Orton also nominated Parker’s teammate, Jake Shakespear, for the award. He said his resume was equally as impressive.

The only other Kanab High School student/athlete who has received this award in the 24 years that the Utah Chapter has been doing this was Kyle Brunner in 2001.

Former head coach Arlyn Hafen was honored previously for his many years coaching the Cowboys.