Burger King Names Brian Shaw the College Football Scholar-Athlete Division I-A Winner
Lincoln -- Burger King Corporation has named Brian Shaw of the University of Nebraska a College Football Division I-A Scholar Athlete of the Year finalist. As a recipient of this honor, Burger King Corporation will donate an additional $25,000 to the

University of Nebraska's general scholarship fund. As the divisional I-A winner, Shaw is one of four scholar athletes vying for the Burger King Scholar Athlete of the Year Award and the $100,000 scholarship endowment that goes with that distinction.

Earlier this season, Shaw was recognized for his outstanding athletic and academic achievements, as well as, for his commitment as a volunteer mentor to the community's youth, when he was named one of the 80 Burger King College Football Scholar Athletes. That recognition garnered his university $10,000 for their general scholarship fund.

Shaw, a native of Deweese, Nebraska, joins the other divisional winners Giovanni Carmazzi of Hofstra University (Division I-AA), Mark Herrema of Michigan Tech University (Division II), and Craig Pierstorff of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (Division III), who will be nationally recognized for their efforts on Thursday, December 9, 1999, when Burger King Corporation and the American Football Coaches Association reveal the Scholar Athlete of the Year. This prestigious honor will be announced during the ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards Show broadcast live from Orlando at 5 p.m. EST. Last year's Scholar Athlete of the Year recipient was Josh Penry from Mesa State College who since graduating has become press secretary for Arizona's House Representative Scott McGinnis. Peyton Manning from the University of Tennessee garnered the distinction of becoming the first Burger King Scholar Athlete of the Year in 1997 and is now the starting quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts.

Shaw, a senior linebacker majoring in Animal Science, is only one of three Huskers who has maintained a perfect 4.0 cumulative GPA while starting for the Nebraska Huskers football team. He is also only one of three Husker football players to have ever attained the honor of being named four times to the First-Team Academic All-Big 12 (1996, 1997, 1998, 1999). Other honors including those for athletic prowess include: being named to the GTE/CoSIDA All District VII Team and having his name forwarded to the All American National Ballot (1999); Two-Time Brook Berringer Citizenship Team Member (1998, 1999); 1997 Sports Illustrated All-Walk-on Team; Nebraska LB Position Record Holder in Performance Index, Sixth-Best All Time (2,817 Points); Nebraska All-Time Best Pro-Agility Run Time (3.71); Nebraska Position Record (LB) for Pro-Agility Run Points (963). In addition to his academic and athletic endeavors, Shaw is also a volunteer, serving regularly as a guest speaker who addresses the importance of having positive self-esteem and a strong work ethic. When speaking to youth he also stresses the value of participating in athletics and strives to motivate students to achieve high academic standards and to get involved in community service.

"Brian Shaw is a terrific example of a young person who successfully balances commitments both on and off the field," said Richard Taylor, vice president, Marketing Services, Burger King Corporation. "We are proud to recognize Brian for his efforts and accomplishments and hope other young people will follow his example as a role model."

Developed to foster the pursuit of athletic and academic excellence while encouraging social awareness and community service, the Burger King College Football Scholarship Program is the single largest corporate commitment of its kind to the sport of college football. The awarding of these scholarships is based on academic achievement, dedication to community service and athletic ability. Now in its fifth year, the program has already donated a total of $4.3 million dollars in college scholarship funds to 211 colleges and universities nationwide. The 1999 program raises the overall Burger King contribution to $5.3 million.

Each week throughout the 10-week program, Burger King Corporation honored eight scholar athletes, two from each division, for a total of 80 recipients. In recognition of each Scholar Athlete's achievements, Burger King Corporation donated $10,000 in the athlete's name to his school's general scholarship fund. From these 80 recipients, four divisional winners have now been selected. From these four, one will be chosen as the 1999 Burger King College Football Scholar Athlete of the Year.

Burger King Corporation and its franchisees operate more than 10,600 restaurants in all 50 states and 54 countries and international territories around the world, with more than 92% of BURGER KING® restaurants owned and operated by independent franchisees. Since the company's founding in Miami in 1954, the BURGER KING® brand has become recognized for great flame-broiled taste and HAVE IT YOUR WAY® food customization. In fiscal year 1999, the BURGER KING® system has system-wide sales of $10.9 billion. Burger King Corporation is a part of Diageo (NYSE: DEO), the international food and drinks company, that includes such brands as Pillsbury, Häagen Dazs, and Guinness. To learn more about the BURGER KING® system, please visit the company's website at www.burgerking.com.