Memphis Has Three Student-Athletes Recognized by NFF

April 29, 2014

NFF Honor Society

The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) announced Tuesday the members of the 2014 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 career.

Among the student-athletes receiving membership in the NFF Hampshire Honor Society were Tom Hornsey, Jacob Karam and Jesse Milleson who all concluded their playing careers at the University of Memphis in 2013. Memphis has now had 12 scholar-athletes receive membership into the honor society and the Tigers’ three inductees this year equals a program high.

A total of 838 players from 267 schools qualified for membership in the society’s eighth year, setting a new record for the number of members in the history of the program, which began in 2007. The 838 players honored eclipsed the old record mark by 117 student-athletes.

“We continue to raise the bar each year for the number of student-athletes who qualify for membership in the Hampshire Honor Society,” said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. “The Hampshire Honor Society plays an important role in highlighting that college football players clearly play a leadership role in the classroom as well as on the playing field. We congratulate each of these young men for their commitment to excellence.”

Hornsey is completing degree requirements this semester for his B.S. Degree in Exercise Science. An NCAA Consensus All-America selection, he was the Ray Guy Award winner (presented to college football’s top punter) and named the American Athletic Conference Co-Special Teams Player of the Year.

Karam, who received his Master’s Degree in Liberal Studies, last December was an Allstate AFCA Good Works Team recipient as well as a finalist for the Wuerffel Trophy.

Milleson is completing requirements for a B.S. Degree in Interdisciplinary Science. Both Milleson and Karam were recognized as the Memphis Football Program’s two recipients of the True Tiger Award. The award is annually presented to a student-athlete who “represents what we represent” within the program.

Memphis was one of just four current or future American Athletic Conference institutions to have multiple selections named to the honor society.

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 more than 700 colleges and universities nationwide.

The initiative has honored 4,927 student-athletes since its inception.

Jon F. Hanson, the chairman and founder of The Hampshire Companies, provided the endowment to launch the NFF Hampshire Honor Society in 2007. He made the contribution as part of his legacy to the organization after serving as NFF chairman from 1994-2006. He currently serves the organization as chairman emeritus. Each player award with membership in this year’s Honor Society will receive a certificate commemorating their achievement.

“We have honored more than 4,900 student-athletes in the last eight years thanks to Jon Hanson’s generosity,” said NFF Chairman Archie Manning. “We are grateful for his passionate belief in the scholar-athlete ideal, and the Hampshire Honor Society allows us to showcase the names of tomorrow’s leaders while inspiring future generations to follow in their footsteps.”

Qualifications for membership in the NFF Hampshire Honor Society include:

  • Being a starter or a significant contributor in one’s last year of eligibility at an accredited 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 and graduation.



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