Two former University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football student-athletes were recently named to the 2013 Hampshire Honor Society by the National Football Foundation and the College Football Hall of Fame. Shane Heatherly and Adam Miller both graduated in May and were recognized for maintaining a 3.2 grade-point-average throughout their careers.
The 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. A total of 703 players from 259 schools qualified for membership in the society's seventh year, marking the highest school participation in the history of the program, which began in 2007.
"The growing number of schools involved in the Hampshire Honor Society each year shows that football student-athletes not only play at the highest level but that they are some of the best students on campus as well," said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. "Congratulations to each of these young men for their commitment to education and their leadership on and off the football field."
Heatherly was one of four team captains and a starter at linebacker in 2012. He played in 42 games in his career and was third on the team with 73 tackles last season. He graduated in May with a degree in Construction Management after carrying a 3.30 cumulative g.p.a. He was consistently on the Dean’s List and earned Academic All-Southern Conference and SoCon Honor Roll recognition during his career.
Miller (Cohutta, Ga.) graduated Manga Cum Laude in May with a degree in Construction Management. A recipient of the Overmeyer Endowment Scholarship, he maintained a 3.82 g.p.a. throughout his collegiate career. A three-year starter at right tackle, Miller was a team captain in 2012 and also named second team All-SoCon by the league’s media. He is the first Moc to be a two-time CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-District honoree and a two-time member of the FCS ADA Academic All-Star team.
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. The initiative has honored 4,081 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 a chairman emeritus. Each player awarded with membership in this year's Honor Society will receive a certificate commemorating their achievement.
"We have honored more than 4,000 student-athletes in the last seven years thanks to Jon Hanson’s generosity," said NFF Chairman Archie Manning, "We are humbled by 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 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; and
· Meeting all NCAA-mandated progress towards degree requirements and graduation.