Andrew Wellik of Emmetsburg High School is the recipient of the third Ed Thomas Mr. Football Award presented by the Iowa Newspaper Association. Wellik was presented the award Tuesday, May 14 during an awards ceremony at the school.
The Ed Thomas Mr. Football Award was created in 2010; it is presented annually, recognizing a high school football player who has demonstrated excellent performance on the football field and exemplary character in all aspects of life.
The award memorializes long-time Aplington-Parkersburg teacher and football coach Ed Thomas who was tragically killed in 2009. Thomas had coached more than three decades of Aplington-Parkersburg Falcon football and won two state titles and 292 games. He is credited with having coached four current NFL players, the most per capita of any high school in the nation. He was also instrumental in rallying the town of Parkersburg into rebuilding its football field after a devastating 2008 tornado.
Thomas stressed character above all else to his athletes and students and prioritized the three main areas of his life as faith, family and football. In fact, he was quoted as saying, “If all I have taught you is how to block and tackle, then I have failed you as a coach.”
Wellik, a senior with a 3.3 GPA, plans to attend the University of Iowa where he will red-shirt this fall for the Iowa Hawkeye football team. He is the son of Jane and Brian Palmer and the late Phil Wellik of Emmetsburg.
Throughout his high school career he has participated in football, wrestling and track. He placed third in the Iowa State Wrestling Tournament in 2012 and 2013 and is a state track meet medalist. He is an active member of his church and has spent time assisting in coaching youth flag football and youth wrestling and mentoring elementary students.