, Bloomington, Minnesota, has announced this year’s winner of its annual Super Bowl Sports Turfgrass Training Program. Wilson Morgan, a student at Auburn University who’s majoring in crop, soil and environmental sciences, was selected to assist the grounds crew in field preparations for Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
In 2003, Toro and the NFL established the program which recognizes one student each year who has shown exemplary leadership in turfgrass management.
Morgan will work alongside NFL field directors and the Super Bowl grounds crew at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on turfgrass maintenance, logo painting, field preparation for media day, halftime preparation and field cleanup.
“I’ve had some excellent mentors in my life who helped me discover my dream of one day becoming a football field manager,” says Morgan. “I’m so grateful for this amazing opportunity to learn from the best of the best, and apply what I learn to my future career.”
Morgan plans to graduate from Auburn University in the spring of 2020. He is currently a member of the grounds crew for Auburn University and has been responsible for helping maintain all athletic fields on campus. Morgan also interned with the Miami Dolphins grounds crew at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, during the summer of 2018.
To be considered for the program, applicants underwent a comprehensive application process. Toro says they are thrilled Morgan will be a part of this year’s program and that he was selected because of his ambition to pursue a career in turfgrass management and the leadership he has shown among the student workers as part of the Auburn University grounds crew.