Gatorade® National Football Player of the Year: Max Browne

          Gatorade® National Football Player of the Year: Max Browne

Seattle Seahawks Quarterback Russell Wilson Surprises Winner for Local
Ceremony

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SAMMAMISH, Wash., Dec 18, 2012

SAMMAMISH, Wash., Dec 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --In its 28^th year of honoring
the nation's best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, in collaboration
with USA TODAY High School Sports, recently announced Max Browne of Skyline
High School (Sammamish, Wash.) as its 2012-13 Gatorade National Football
Player of the Year. Browne, a two-time Gatorade Washington Player of the
Year, was surprised with the news by Seahawks rookie quarterback Russell
Wilson during school.

"It felt great to surprise Max with the Gatorade National Football Player of
the Year award and welcome him into one of the most prestigious legacy
programs in high school sports," said Wilson. "Gatorade has been on the
sidelines fueling athletic performance for years, so to be recognized by a
brand that understands the game and truly helps athletes perform is a huge
honor for these kids."

The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also
high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on
and off the field, distinguishes Browne as the nation's best high school
football player. A national advisory panel comprised of sport-specific
experts and sports journalists helped select Browne from more than 1.1 million
high school football players nationwide. Browne is now a finalist for the
prestigious Gatorade Male High School Athlete of the Year award, to be
presented at a special afternoon ceremony prior to The ESPY Awards in July.

The 6-foot-5, 218-pound senior quarterback led the Spartans to a 14-0 record
and the Class 4A state championship this past season. Browne passed for 4,526
yards and 49 touchdowns, completing 277-of-377 attempts while throwing just
five interceptions. The 2011-12 Gatorade Washington Football Player of the
Year, Browne threw for 12,953 career passing yards and has broken the state
record for career completions with 882, eclipsing the mark of 787 set by
2006-07 Gatorade Washington Football Player of the year and current Detroit
Lions quarterback Kellen Moore.

Browne has maintained a 3.50 GPA in the classroom. A devoted member of his
church community, he has volunteered locally on behalf the American Cancer
Society Relay for Life and Generation Joy.

"He is one of the best talents I've ever seen," said Scott Pelluer, former New
Orleans Saints linebacker and longtime Pac-12 defensive coach. "His footwork,
mobility, decision-making and accuracy are incredible. He never forces it. I
coached at Boise State, University of Washington and University of Arizona and
I'm a defensive guy. I've seen a lot of QBs. He has that knack. That feel.
Truly amazing. Plus, he's such a wonderful kid and great leader. No ego. A
class act. And so competitive. He'll play in the NFL someday."

Browne has verbally committed to play football on an athletic scholarship at
the University of Southern California beginning in the fall of 2013.

"Without question, Max is deserving of recognition as the nation's best high
school football player based on his statistics on the field and the impact his
accomplishments have had on Skyline's success," said Gatorade Vice President,
Brand Marketing Morgan Flatley. "But he is also a shining example to peers
and aspiring young athletes of what a leader and a student-athlete should be.
He represents everything we hope for in a Gatorade Player of the Year
recipient."

The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner in the
District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that sanction high school
football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls
basketball, boys and girls soccer, baseball, softball, and boys and girls
track & field, and awards one National Player of the Year in each sport. The
selection process is administered by USA TODAY High School Sports  and the
Gatorade high school sports leadership team, which work with top
sport-specific experts and a media advisory board of accomplished, veteran
prep sports journalists to determine the state winners in each sport.

Former notable Gatorade National Players of the Year include:

  oSuper Bowl Most Valuable Player Peyton Manning
  oWNBA all-time leading scorer and rebounder Lisa Leslie
  oNFL all-time leading rusher Emmitt Smith
  oKansas City Royals Cy Young award-winner Zach Grienke

For more information on the Gatorade Player of the Year program, including
nomination information, a complete list of former winners, and future
announcement dates, visit the Gatorade Player of the Year Web site at
http://playeroftheyear.gatorade.com, on Facebook at
www.facebook.com/GatoradePOY or follow us on Twitter at
www.twitter.com/Gatorade.

ALL-TIME GATORADE NATIONAL FOOTBALL PLAYERS OF THE YEAR

YEAR    NAME            HIGH SCHOOL                     STATUS
                                                        High School Senior
2012-13 Max Browne      Skyline HS/Sammamish, WA
                                                        University of Texas
2011-12 Johnathan Gray  Aledo High School/Aledo, TX
                                                        University of
2010-11 Justin Worley   Northwestern HS/Rock Hill, SC   Tennessee

2009-10 Malcolm Jones   Oaks Christian School/Westlake  UCLA
                        Village, CA
2008-09 Garrett Gilbert                                 Southern Methodist
                        Lake Travis HS/Austin, TX       University
2007-08 Matt Barkley
                        Mater Dei HA/Santa Ana, CA      University of Southern
                                                        California
2006-07 John Brantley   Trinity Catholic HS/Ocala, FL   NFL Free Agent
2005-06 Mitch Mustain   Springdale HS/Springdale, AR    Bristol (TN) White Sox
2004-05 Greg Paulus     Christian Brothers              Ohio State
                        Academy/Syracuse, NY            (Coordinator)
2003-04 Jeff Byers      Loveland HS/Loveland, CO        Carolina Panthers
2002-03 Kyle Wright     Monte Vista HS/Danville, CA     NFL Free Agent
2001-02 Lorenzo Booker  St. Bonaventure HS/Ventura, CA  Chicago Bears
2000-01 Joe Mauer       Cretin-Derham Hall/St. Paul, MN Minnesota Twins
1999-00 Brock Berlin    Evangel Christian               Retired from NFL
                        Academy/Shreveport, LA
1998-99 Chris Lewis     Polytechnic HS/Long Beach, CA   Retired from NFL
                                                        Europe
1997-98 Ronald Curry    Hampton HS/Hampton, VA          NFL Free Agent
1996-97 Travis Minor    Catholic HS/Baton Rouge, LA     NFL Free Agent
1995-96 Tim Couch       Leslie County HS/Hyden, KY      Retired from NFL
1994-95 Brock Huard     Puyallup HS/Puyallup, WA        Retired from NFL
1993-94 Peyton Manning  Isidore Newman School/New       Denver Broncos
                        Orleans, LA
1992-93 Ron Powlus      Berwick HS/Berwick, PA          University of Akron
                                                        (Coach)
1991-92 Chris Walsh     Cretin-Derham Hall/St. Paul, MN Retired from NFL
1990-91 Marquette Smith Winter Park HS/Lake Howell, FL  Osceola Ghost Riders
                                                        (Coach)
1989-90 Robert Smith    Euclid HS/Euclid, OH            Retired from NFL
1988-89 Terry Kirby     Tabb HS/Tabb, VA                Retired from NFL
1987-88 Curtis Bray     Gateway HS/Monroeville, PA      Iowa State (Coach)
1986-87 Emmitt Smith    Escambia HS/Pensacola, FL       Retired from NFL
1985-86 Jeff George     Warren Central HS/Indianapolis, Retired from NFL
                        IN

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