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Monday, March 7, 2011
Chase Daniel establishes scholarship

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

There's a new scholarship in town.

Chase Daniel was in Columbia on Saturday for the Border Showdown basketball game, and during his visit, announced the creation of the Chase Daniel Lone Star State Scholarship at Missouri.

The award will be given to one player from Texas each year, and can be given to the same player in multiple years.

"There’s going to be pressure on whoever to gets it to do well,” Daniel told reporters. "I don’t think they’ll realize it right away.

"That’s not what we want to do at all. We just want to sort out a kid from the state of Texas each and every year with a high GPA and with good community standing who deserves it."

It's always good to see players, especially four-year athletes, come back to their schools and give back. Nebraska defensive end Ndamukong Suh, a native of Oregon, gave the Huskers' program $2.1 million and established a scholarship that he announced at last year's spring game in Lincoln.

Daniel, a native of Southlake, Texas, a Dallas suburb, graduated after the 2008 season and is a backup quarterback for the New Orleans Saints.

The bond between athletes and their schools, even when those players come from far away and spend four years on a campus, doesn't have to end when that player graduates. Daniel and Suh are two legendary Big 12 players who made sure that was the case.