Rex Burkhead a finalist for service award

Nebraska I-back Rex Burkhead was one of the most impressive players on the field in the Big Ten last season. He's doing some impressive stuff off the field as well.

Burkhead has been named as one of four finalists for the 2012 Uplifting Athletes Rare Disease Champion Award. Uplifting Athletes is a non-profit organization that matches college football programs to rare disease communities so they can make a difference.

Burkhead was recognized for his work with 6-year-old Jack Hoffman, who is dealing with a brain tumor. He wore a "Team Jack" bracelet during the season and thought of Jack whenever he needed inspiration. You can read more about the bond the two share here.

The other three finalists for the fourth annual award are NC State's Wayne Crawford, UCLA's Luke Gane and Florida's David Lerner. The winner will be determined by an online vote from Feb. 1 to Feb. 29. Click here for more information on the award and how to vote.