Four named to NFF Honor Society
April 11, 2018
The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) has announced the members
of the 2018 NFF Hampshire Honor Society, which is comprised of college football players
from all divisions of play who each maintained a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better throughout
their college careers. An all-time high 1,251 players from a record-tying 302 schools
qualified for membership in the society's 12th year. Seniors Antonio Capasso (Eastlake/Trinity), Wyatt Jarrell (Racine/Southern Local), Noah Rathbun (Erving, Mass./Pioneer Valley Regional) and Jordan Wolfe (Covington) were all recognized for their outstanding efforts on the field as well
as in the classroom.
"We are pleased to see another record number of athletes honored by the Hampshire Honor Society this year," said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. "Over the past decade, it has become a powerful vehicle for schools to recognize their college football players who have distinguished themselves both academically and athletically, and we congratulate the schools and each of these young men for their commitment to excellence in all aspects of their lives.
"The NFF Hampshire.Honor Society capitalizes on the NFF's National Scholar-Athlete program by greatly expanding the number of scholar-athletes the NFF can recognize each year. The program further strengthens the organization's leadership role in encouraging academic performance by the student-athletes at the 778 colleges and universities with football programs nationwide.
The 1,251 players honored in 2018 sets a new high water mark, eclipsing the previous record of 1,103 honorees in 2017. The 302 schools with members ties the previous mark also set in 2017.
The initiative has now honored 8,994 student-athletes since its inception, and the program has experienced growth every year in either members or school participation since its launch in 2007.
Nominated by their respective schools, members of the NFF Hampshire Honor Society must have:
- *Completed their final year of playing eligibility in 2017;
- *Graduated players, who have remaining eligibility but will not return to collegiate play (e.g. declared for NFL Draft or retired from football), may also be nominated.
- *Achieved a 3.2 cumulative grade point average throughout entire course of undergraduate study; and
- *Met all NCAA- or NAIA-mandated progress toward degree requirements.