IRVING, Texas – Ole Miss football players Tyler Campbell, Chris Conley and Andrew Ritter were recognized Tuesday as members of the 2014 NFF Hampshire Honor Society, announced by the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF).
The NFF Hampshire Honor Society is comprised of college football players from all divisions of play who each maintained a cumulative 3.2 grade point average or better throughout their college career. 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.
"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."
Campbell, Conley and Ritter comprised the majority of the Rebels’ kicking units in 2013. Campbell was the team’s starting punter and Conley the holder, while Ritter handled kickoff and field goal duties.
In the classroom, Campbell and Ritter both boast 4.0 GPAs in their master’s degree studies while pursuing an MBA. Conley owns a 3.5 GPA and is also pursuing a master’s in business administration. All three graduated with bachelor’s degrees and 3.2+ GPAs during their time in Oxford.
Campbell and Conley both have been named to the Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. Campbell was a Capital One Academic All-District selection this past year, and all three of them appeared on every possible SEC Academic Honor Roll during their college careers.
Past Ole Miss members of the Hampshire Honor Society include Joel Kight (2013) and Wesley Phillips (2011).
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 4,927 student-athletes since its inception, and the program has experienced growth every year in either members or school participation since its launch in 2007. The 2014 class of 838 players represents a new high water mark for members, eclipsing the old record mark by 117 student-athletes.
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 4,900 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 (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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