Daniel Moore’s “FINISH!” Commemorates United State Sports Academy 2015 College Football Game of the Year

The Finish by Daniel Moore

“FINISH!” is the title of Daniel Moore’s original painting commissioned by the United States Sports Academy to commemorate Alabama’s 2015 College Football Playoff National Championship and to reflect the spirit of the Academy’s College Football Game of the Year Award, which went to the Crimson Tide for its win over the undefeated and top-ranked Clemson University Tigers.   The painting was recently completed and a print is now on display in the lobby of the American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) at the Academy.

DAPHNE, Ala. — After a disappointing early-season loss to Ole Miss, where a failure to finish the game strong dashed the University of Alabama’s chances for victory, one word solidified the remainder of the Crimson Tide’s 2015 football season: “FINISH!”

Daniel Moore

Daniel Moore

“FINISH!” is the title of Daniel Moore’s original painting commissioned by the United States Sports Academy to commemorate Alabama’s 2015 College Football Playoff National Championship and to reflect the spirit of the Academy’s College Football Game of the Year Award, which went to the Crimson Tide for its win over the undefeated and top-ranked Clemson University Tigers.   The painting was recently completed and a print is now on display in the lobby of the American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) at the Academy.

The Tide defeated the Tigers 45-40 in an exciting, closely fought game in the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., on 11 January 2016.  Alabama won its 16th football national championship and the fourth in seven seasons.  The victory gave Alabama head football coach Nick Saban four national championships at Alabama and five for his career.

The playoff system produced two closely matched teams and a thrilling back and forth game.  But what inspired Moore the most was a pivotal 95-yard kickoff return in the fourth quarter by Kenyan Drake that gave Alabama the lead for good.

“Kenyan Drake’s kickoff return is the one play that represents and encapsulates the spirit, heart and determination to ‘Finish,’” Moore said. “Each one of the 95 yards of Kenyan’s return was exciting, but none compared to the last, as he nosed the ball just inside the pylon to finish the play for a touchdown.”

The College Football Game of the Year Award was developed in 2005 by the United States Sports Academy to pay tribute to a team whose efforts in a college football game exemplify the principles of high athletic endeavor, complete dedication to victory, and unified team effort.  Voting is done by a select committee of former athletic directors and individuals active in collegiate football who meet the criteria to serve on the committee and exhibit no bias in their vote. The award is part of the Academy’s Awards of Sport series, which are part of the Academy’s American Sport Art Museum and Archives, which was established as “a tribute to the artist and the athlete.”

In honor of each year’s winner, the Academy commissions Moore, the 2005 ASAMA Sports Artist of the Year, to create a painting portraying a memorable or pivotal moment to commemorate the College Football Game of the Year and the paintings are on display at ASAMA.  The Academy also donates $5,000 to the winning school’s scholarship fund. Prints are available for purchase at www.newlifeart.com .  Moore is based in Birmingham, Ala.

Based in Daphne, Ala., the United States Sports Academy is an independent, non-profit, accredited, special mission sports university created to serve the nation and world with programs in instruction, research, and service. The role of the Academy is to prepare men and women for careers in the profession of sports. For more information about the Academy, call (251) 626-3303 or visit www.ussa.edu.

Founded in 1984, ASAMA is dedicated to the preservation of sports art, history, and literature and is housed in the Academy building in Daphne, Ala. The ASAMA collection is composed of nearly 2,000 works of sport art across a variety of media, including paintings, sculptures, assemblages, prints and photographs. The museum is open free to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.  For more information, go to www.asama.org .