WASHINGTON, D.C. — Ahead of Sunday’s Super Bowl 50 matchup of the Carolina Panthers versus the Denver Broncos, Senator Steve Daines today recognized two Montana natives playing on the competing teams: Panthers defensive tackle Dwan Edwards and Broncos backup quarterback Brock Osweiler.
Daines wished the two men luck in this Sunday’s game and thanked them for being strong role models for young Montanans.
Dwan, a Columbus native, graduated in 1999 from Columbus High School. Brock, a Kalispell native, graduated in 2009 from Flathead High School.
Through his “Montanan of the Week” initiative, Daines each week will highlight a Montanan by submitting a statement of recognition in the official Congressional Record, the document that reflects the official proceedings of Congress.
Daines’ recognition in the Congressional Record is available here.
Daines welcomes anyone to nominate fellow Montanans for Daines’ “Montanan of the Week” program by calling Daines’ office at 202-224-2651 or by filling out the contact form on Daines’ website: http://www.daines.senate.gov/connect/email-steve
The following is the statement submitted to the Congressional Record:
MONTANANS OF THE WEEK
Mr. DAINES. Mr. President, I rise today to recognize two outstanding and nationally prominent pro athletes, Carolina Panthers defensive tackle Dwan Edwards and Denver Broncos backup quarterback Brock Osweiler.
I am so proud that Montana will be well represented in this year’s Super Bowl and I am so proud to honor these men for their leadership and athletic accomplishments.
Dwan grew up in Columbus, Montana and graduated in 1999 from Columbus High School. He then went on to play for Oregon State University and eventually was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in 2004, where he played for five seasons. In 2010, he was picked up by the Buffalo Bills for two seasons. He signed with the Carolina Panthers in 2012 and is now playing in his 12th NFL season.
Dwan has certainly not forgotten where he’s from. He is currently making arrangements to bring former Columbus High School football coach John Smith out to watch Dwan play in his first Super Bowl game. This summer, he will put on the eighth Dwan Edwards Elite Football camp, where he spends a week in Billings helping young players develop their football skills.
Brock represents Kalispell, where he attended Flathead High School. He graduated in 2009 as an honor roll student and was coached by Russell McGarvel. Brock played college football for Arizona State and was drafted by the Denver Broncos in 2012.
During his time playing in the NFL, he has given back to Flathead and its football program by regularly sending letters of encouragement to the high school team and donating a “Flathead Football Captains Board” in 2014. The football team’s captains’ names are etched into the board each year, which serves as a great honor for these young leaders.
My biggest congratulations goes out to both of these fine men for representing the great state of Montana well, both on and off the field. Best of luck to you both in Super Bowl 50 this Sunday. Keep making Montana proud.