Irving, Texas - June 7, 2019 - The Springfield College football team had 12 student-athletes who were selected as members of the National Football Foundation 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 of 1,643 players from a record 424 schools qualified for membership in the Society's 13th year.
"We are pleased to see another record number of athletes honored by the Hampshire Honor Society this year," said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. "For more than a 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.
Springfield's honorees met the requirements of having completed their final year of eligibility, achieved a 3.2 cumulative grade point average throughout entire course of undergraduate study, and been a starter of significant contributor on the field in 2018. Springfield's honorees included Jonny Bianchi (Pittsfield, Mass.), Brennan Fleming (Mechanicville, N.Y.), Nick Giorgio (Cumberland, R.I.), Sam Greenfield (Providence, R.I.), Daryl Jent (Clinton, Mass.), Jimmy Kastrinakis (Beverly, Mass.), Matt Madden (Derry, N.H.), Andrew Papirio (Walpole, Mass.), Marlowe Scott (Dorchester, Mass.), Joshua Thomas (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.), Colin Tullson (Little Compton, R.I.), and Zach Wright (Adams, Mass.).
Thanks to the efforts of these student-athletes, Springfield combined for 18 wins in the last two seasons, its most over a two-year span since 2003-04. The Pride captured the 2017 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship to reach the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament and won the 2018 New England Bowl.
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