Nationally acclaimed painter Daniel Moore just released the official painting for the United States Sports Academy’s 2012 College Football Game of the Year, which was won by Texas A&M for its shocking, 29-24, upset on the road of top-ranked Alabama in the teams’ first Southeastern Conference showdown.

The painting, “Turning the Tide,” features the Aggies’ Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel bursting into daylight. He’s eluding three defenders from Alabama’s top-rated defense who are left in the shadows. The painting symbolizes the breakout year Manziel had as a redshirt freshman, Moore says.

The Academy presented its official 2012 College Football Game of the Year painting to Texas A&M on Sept. 13. Pictured (L-R) are (L-R) Texas A&M President Dr. R. Bowen Loftin, Moore, Jack Lengyl, the Academy's College Football Game of the Year Committee chair, and Texas A&M Director of Athletics Eric Hyman.

“The subject matter of this year’s painting was a no-brainer,” says Moore, the Academy’s 2005 Sport Artist of the Year. “It had to be Manziel slicing and dicing the Alabama defense. It’s a dynamic pose.”

Moore is a Birmingham, Ala., native and an Alabama graduate. But he says it’s one of best Game of the Year paintings he has done. The Academy commissions Moore to create the artwork honoring the Game of the Year selection and then donates it along with $5,000 to the winning school’s general scholarship fund.

“Painting my alma mater losing was not my favorite part of painting this piece but it is one of my favorites among the College Football Game of the Year series that I have done,” he says.

The College Football Game of the Year Award was developed in 2005 to pay tribute to a team whose efforts in a game exemplify the spirit and principles of athletic endeavor, dedication and teamwork. The College Football Game of the Year Award is a part of the Academy’s Awards of Sport series. Each week the committee selects a Game of the Week with the weekly winners then qualifying for consideration for selection as the Game of the Year at the end of the season.

Moore presented the 2012 Game of the Year award to Texas A&M along with Jack Lengyl, who is the chair of the Game of the Year committee. The awards ceremony was held Friday, Sept. 13 at the George Bush Presidential Library in College Station, Texas. The presentation came the day before the Aggies’ rematch this season with Alabama.

Moore is world-renowned for capturing classic American sports moments though his Photo-Realism style that is accurate and exacting in its detail.

He has been commissioned to create artworks to commemorate numerous professional sporting events such as for the National Football League (NFL), the National Basketball Association (NBA), the Super Bowl, the PGA of America, and Major League Baseball (MLB). In addition, Moore has completed paintings of many major collegiate bowl games such as the Sugar Bowl, Liberty Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, Citrus Bowl, Outback Bowl, and the SEC Football Championship. Sports Illustrated named Moore’s painting of the 1979 Sugar Bowl game betweenAlabama and Penn State, “Alabama’s most beloved painting.”

One of the highlights of his career, was capturing 40 years of historic college football games between arch rivals, Auburn and Alabama. The extraordinary series of 41 paintings of defining moments of the games between 1948 and 1988 took two years to complete. They were compiled in a hardbound coffee-table book, “Iron Bowl Gold,” published in 2005, which also features many Birmingham News firsthand sports reports.

For more information about Moore’s artwork and to purchase his pieces, including his 2012 College Football Game of the Year depiction, “Turning the Tide,” go to his publishing company New Life Art, Inc. ( or call 800-735-2787.