Fordham football players named to NFF Hampshire Honor Society

shutterstock_183896102Sports is big business, whether you’re a fan, an athlete or you work behind the scenes. Read more about how engaged members of our own Fordham community —faculty, alumni and students — are in the world of sports in the spring ’14 issue of Fordham Business, soon to arrive in your mailbox.

On the subject, congratulations are in order to Fordham football student-athletes Anthony Pesanello (GSB ’14), and  Joseph Sullivan (FCRH ’14), who were recently named to the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) 2014 NFF Hampshire Honor Society.

A total of 838 players from 267 schools qualified for membership in the 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. This marks the second straight year that the Rams had multiple players named to the Hampshire Honor Society. Last year, Brendan Melanophy (GSB ’13), Patrick Murray (GSB ’13) and Nicholas Womack (FCRH ’12 & 13) were honored.

Pesanello, a defensive lineman and a finance major with a 3.77 GPA, appeared in ten games as a senior last fall, making two starts. He finished the season with 13 total tackles, six solo, including one for loss and he had two quarterback hurries. Over his four-year Fordham career, Pesanello appeared in 30 games, amassing 30 total tackles, 14 solo, including two for loss.

Sullivan, a Biology major with a 3.32 GPA, handled all of the long snapping chores over the past four years. He tied Javarus Dudley’s school record by appearing in 47 career games and was named to the Patriot League Honor Roll in 2010 and 2013.

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.

The NFF Hampshire Honor Society supports the NFF’s leadership role in encouraging academic performance by the student-athletes at the more than 700 college and universities with football programs nationwide. It has honored 4,927 student-athletes since its launch in 2007.

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