DALLAS – Gallaudet University senior offensive lineman Caleb Hinton (Knoxville, Tenn.) became the first Bison to be named to the National Football Foundation (NFF) Hampshire Honor Society, which 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 721 players from 232 schools qualified for membership in the society's sixth year, marking this year's class of 2012 as the largest since the program's creation in 2007.
"This is a tremendous honor for Caleb and a great way to cap an outstanding career at Gallaudet University," said second-year Gallaudet head football coach Chuck Goldstein. "Caleb deserves all these academic honors he has received this season and exemplifies what a true student-athlete is at the NCAA Division III level."
Hinton is one of four players from the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) among the 700 plus honorees. He joins the likes of recently National Football League (NFL) draft selections Andrew Luck from Stanford, Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III from Baylor, Ryan Tannehill from Texas A&M and Bradon Weedon from Oklahoma State.
Hinton, a senior co-captain, is a four-year letterwinner in football at Gallaudet, the world's only university in which all programs and services are specifically designed to accommodate deaf and hard of hearing students. He was named a 2011 National Scholar-Athlete award winner by the NFF last September. In three seasons in the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) he was selected to the All-Academic team all three years, one of only two players to do so. He has made Gallaudet's Dean's List all eight semesters he has been here (Fall 2008 to present). Hinton was recently honored as the Al Van Nevel Memorial Award recipient and was selected as a Top 10 Scholar-Athlete at Gallaudet for a second year in a row. Last season, Hinton earned the Gallaudet Coaches' Award for his play with the football team. On the field, Hinton has started 18 games and seen action in 25 games as a Bison. He has been very versatile, as he has played all five positions on Gallaudet's offensive line over his time here. Hinton, a Physical Education major, is slated to graduate December 2012.
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. 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.
"Thanks to the generosity of Jon Hanson, we have honored more than 3,000 student-athletes in the last six years," said NFF Chairman Archie Manning. "The Hampshire Honor Society allows us to showcase how much football matters in building tomorrow's leaders, and we strongly encourage every football-playing school in the country to get involved."
About The Hampshire Foundation
The Hampshire Foundation is the charitable arm of The Hampshire Companies, a privately-held, fully-integrated real estate firm that has over 50 years of hands-on, cycle-tested experience in acquiring, developing, leasing, repositioning, managing, financing and disposing of real estate. Learn more at www.hampshireco.com.
About The National Football Foundation
Founded in 1947, The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame is a non-profit educational organization that runs programs designed to use the power of amateur football in developing scholarship, citizenship and athletic achievement in young people. With 121 chapters and 12,000 members nationwide, NFF programs include the College Football Hall of Fame, the NFF Scholar-Athlete Awards, presented by Fidelity Investments, Play It Smart, the NFF Hampshire Honor Society, the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Alumni Association, and scholarships of more than $1.3 million for college and high school scholar-athletes. For more information, please visit www.footballfoundation.org.