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East Ridge senior offensive lineman J.C. Hassenauer was presented his honorary game jersey during the American Family Insurance Selection Tour for the 2014 Under Armour All-America High School Football Game at East Ridge High School on Wednesday. The event was part of the three-month American Family Insurance Selection Tour for the Under Armour All-America Game. (Submitted photo)

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East Ridge senior offensive lineman J.C. Hassenauer was presented his honorary game jersey during the American Family Insurance Selection Tour for the 2014 Under Armour All-America High School Football Game at East Ridge High School on Wednesday.  The event was part of the three-month American Family Insurance Selection Tour for the Under Armour All-America Game.

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Hassenauer, the top-ranked center in the country for his graduating class and the No. 2 overall prospect in Minnesota, is one of 90 players selected to compete in the seventh-annual Under Armour All-America Game presented by American Family Insurance, a nationally televised competition spotlighting the country’s top high school seniors.  The 2014 Under Armour All-America Game is set for 4 p.m. ET Jan. 2 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., and will be televised on ESPN. 

"I chose to play in the Under Armour All-America Game because of the history and all of the players that have been involved with the game,” said Hassenauer, who has a commitment to attend the University of Alabama.  "It's a huge honor to play in the Under Armour All-America Game. This has been one of my goals for a long time now. It's a big opportunity for me, and I'm really happy."

The national Selection Tour sponsored by American Family Insurance is aimed at raising awareness around teen driving safety and recognizing the student athletes, as well as the coaches, families and communities who have helped make these players' dreams a reality.

Those dreams would not be possible without a great family support system.  Along with saluting J.C. Hassenauer; American Family Insurance recognized Ryan Englebert, his personal trainer out of Woodbury’s ETS gym, with the American Family Insurance Dream Protector Award.

"High school football is a focal point for many communities, an opportunity to cheer with a single voice for the team," said Deborah Peterson, American Family Insurance's director of customer relationship marketing. "Sponsoring the All-American Game not only is American Family Insurance's way of honoring the top players across the land, it's also our salute to the communities that inspired these dreams by continuing the rich tradition of high school football."

For more information on the Under Armour All-America Game, updates on current and past players, and news from the Selection Tour, like us at www.facebook.com/UnderArmourGame or follow us on Twitter at @UnderArmourGame.

For video from the event visit: http://bit.ly/1dhJ41v

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Patrick Johnson
Patrick Johnson has been the South Washington County Bulletin’s sports editor since 2008. He reports on and oversees coverage of high school and amateur sports in south Washington County and Woodbury. Prior to joining the Bulletin, Johnson worked for other Twin Cities suburban newspapers. He is a University of Minnesota graduate.
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