Titans' Bulluck funding scholarships

Updated: March 9, 2010, 9:40 AM ET
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Tennessee Titans linebacker Keith Bulluck has awarded nine Middle Tennessee high school football players scholarships in honor of his late teammate, Steve McNair.

Keith Bulluck

Bulluck

The $1,000 scholarships -- which Bulluck named the Steve McNair Iron Will Scholarship -- were awarded Monday night at the 44th annual National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame awards dinner, according to The Tennessean of Nashville. Bulluck chose nine recipients from a group of 54, honoring McNair's jersey number.

"They all filled out applications and it really was a lot of work picking nine,'' Bulluck said, according to the report. "I read through all of them, looked at their GPAs, looked at their extracurricular activities, looked at their coaches' comments, saw how much they were involved in things and how many years they lettered on teams."

One of the winners, Juwan Turner of (Nashville) McGavock High School, hopes to walk on at Tennessee-Martin. He said the scholarship will help fund that plan, according to the report.

"Keith is really making a big impact on kids like me by doing this,'' Turner said, according to the report. "This was a nice surprise because I don't think any of us knew about it. He's a role model."

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