Concordia St. Paul News

May 18, 2012

Concordia Alumnus Earns Top Cop Honor

Former Concordia University, St. Paul running back Aaron Cawthorn has made headlines recently for heroics away from the football field as he has made a positive impact in his hometown community of Des Moines, Iowa. Cawthorn was recognized nationally by being named an National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO) Top Cop Honorable Mention, one of just 54 law enforcement officials to be honored with the national award.

Earlier this year he received the Medal of Valor from the Des Moines Police Department along with five other police officers for their extraordinary actions when responding to a fiery car carsh in August, 2011.

As a Golden Bear, Cawthorn was a standout running back, rushing for 2,278 yards on 424 career attempts with 29 touchdowns, averaging 5.4 yards per carry along the way. He’s the fifth leading rusher in school history and has the fourth-most rushing touchdowns for the program.

He played at Concordia from 2003-06 and was an All-NSIC Honorable Mention rusher in Concordia’s 2005 NSIC Championship campaign.