Pitt wide receiver Tre Tipton is this week’s nominee for the 2021 Capital One Orange Bowl FWAA Courage Award.
Tipton, along with student Elee Khalil, started a support group called Living Out Victoriously Everyday “LOVE” to give Pitt student-athletes a place to speak about their experience dealing with adversity.
LOVE and different types of counseling have helped Tipton make it through some challenging times throughout his life when he lost his mother to a heart attack this past summer, as well as some of his own struggles when he suffered two knee injuries in 2015 and 2017 that limited him to just four games in those seasons.
Currently, the senior has 38 career catches for 389 yards and two touchdowns in his career as the Panthers fight for the ACC Coastal division crown and a spot in the ACC Championship game in Charlotte North Carolina in his final season with Pitt.
The Courage Award was presented by the Football Writers Association of America in 2002, where a select group of writers from the FWAA vote on a winner each year. Nominees are required to display courage on or off the field which includes overcoming an injury or physical handicap, preventing a disaster, or living through hardship.
The winner of the award will be announced during the festivities of the Capital One Orange Bowl week.