IRVING, Texas — Three members of Franklin & Marshall's football team were amongst the inductees to the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame (NFF) Hampshire Society. F&M honorees were: Zachary Bradley (Catasauqua, Pa. / Catasauqua), Jeff Leone (Scarsdale, N.Y. / Scarsdale), and Ben Okun (Newbury Park, Calif. / Newbury Park).
The Society is comprised of college football players from all divisions of play who meet the following criteria:
- Being a starter or a significant substitute 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
- Meeting all NCAA-mandated progress toward degree requirements.
The 1,271 players honored in 2018 sets a new high water mark, eclipsing the previous record of 1,103 honorees in 2017. The 307 schools with members breaks the previous mark of 302 set in 2017.
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 777 colleges and universities with football programs nationwide.