McM Athletics Announces Inaugural "Grant Teaff Beyond the Game Award" Winner: Jeremie Border

  Dave Beyer
  Tuesday, July 24, 2018 12:58 PM
  Archives 2017 - 2018

Abilene, TX

McMurry University Athletics is honored to announce a new award being instituted in 2018, as a part of its Hall of Honor ceremonies - the “Grant Teaff Beyond the Game Award” – and its inaugural honoree, the late SSgt. Jeremie Border (Cl. 2006).  The Beyond the Game Award will honor a former McM athlete who – while perhaps not producing Hall of Honor-worthy statistics and accolades on the field of competition – has brought prestige, dignity and honor to the University through other areas of their life after graduation.

The Award is named after Coach Teaff’s most recent book by the same name. Beyond the Game explores the influence that coaches can have on young men and women under their supervision, preparing them for greatness in “real life” and not merely in athletic competition. It espouses the larger purpose in what we do and, more importantly, how we get there.

“We are thrilled to introduce this new award that recognizes members of the McMurry University family who have made contributions ‘beyond the game’ and added value to the lives of others,” McMurry director of Athletics Sam Ferguson said. “It appropriately recognizes Coach Teaff, someone who has impacted millions of lives through his influence as a coach, an administrator and as an author. We are excited to be able to honor him in this way.

“We are equally excited – and humbled – to have our first recipient of the Beyond the Game Award be Jeremie, as we honor the legacy he left after his football career at McMurry. He made the ultimate sacrifice for the country he loved. We are truly grateful for him and the example he has left for generations of scholar-athletes to come, who will also wear the Maroon & White. We are honored to call him a McMurry alumnus.”  

Border was killed in action in Afghanistan on September 1, 2012, while serving his country in Operation Enduring Freedom. A native of Mesquite, Texas, Border was a 2006 graduate, with a double-major in sociology and communications.

Broder was a four-year player for the McMurry football team from 2002-05, primarily as a defensive back. He played under Steve Keenum his first three seasons and under the late Joe Crousen as a senior.

While at McMurry, he was active on campus as a member of not just the football program, but also the Servant Leadership Program, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Makona Men's Social Club.  He was a Resident Assistant and was named to Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.

The 2018 McMurry University Athletics Hall of Honor induction ceremony will take place on Saturday, September 8. For more information regarding tickets to the event, please call McM Athletics at (325) 793-4631.

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