April 29, 2014
The NFF Hampshire Honor Society is comprised of college football players from all divisions of play who each maintained a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better throughout their college career. A new record total of 838 players from 267 schools qualified for membership in the society’s eighth year.
Huber and Najvar follow Nick Florence and Jake Jackson, who were honored among the 2013 Hampshire Honor Society selections. In addition, Robert Griffin III and Terrance Ganaway were recognized in 2012.
Huber, a six-time selection to the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor List and a 2013 Academic All-Big 12 second-team member, graduated in May 2013 with a degree in health science studies. The Nederland, Texas, product, started at center in all 13 games of Baylor's record-breaking 2013 campaign.
Najvar was a two-time Academic All-Big 12 honoree and a 2013 semifinalist for the Campbell Trophy. He was a six-time member of the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll and graduated in May 2013 with a degree in distribution management. The Spring, Texas, native, was a three-year starter, who played 38 games for the Bears, including starting eight of 12 contests at tight end in his senior season.
The NFF Hampshire Honor Society capitalizes on the NFF's current National Scholar-Athlete program 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 who play football at the more than 700 college and universities with football programs nationwide.
Jon F. Hanson, the chairman and founder of The Hampshire Companies, provided the endowment to launch the NFF Hampshire Honor Society in 2007. Each player awarded with membership in this year's Honor Society will receive a certificate commemorating their achievement.
Qualifications for membership in the NFF Hampshire Honor Society include:
- Being a starter or a significant contributor in one's last year of eligibility (or a senior who has declared for the NFL Draft) at an NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision, Football Championship Subdivision, Division II, Division III or an NAIA college or university;
- Achieving a 3.2 cumulative grade point average throughout entire course of undergraduate study; and
- Meeting all NCAA-mandated progress towards degree requirements.
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