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Gallaudet's Everett Polzin and Dylan Mento honored by local NFF chapters

Gallaudet's NFF chapter award winners. Left side is Everett Polzin along with two GU coaches. On the right is Dylan Mento and family members.

WASHINGTON - Gallaudet University defensive lineman Everett Polzin (Frederick, Md.) was honored Sunday, April 7, at the 13th annual Scholar-Athlete Banquet hosted by the National Capital Region Chapter of the National Football Foundation (NFF). Polzin received The Scholar-Athlete Award, a $1,000 scholarship.

The banquet was held at the prestigious Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, Va., as over 500 attendees including, parents and family, school officials and dignitaries of the NFF attended.

This is the seventh time the chapter has honored a collegiate student-athlete. Gallaudet's list of honorees include Cameron Ethington (2018), Brad Peterson (2017), Sean Fenton (2016), BJ Flores (2015), Todd Bonheyo (2014) and Adham Talaat (2013).

The National Capital Region Chapter was established in 2004-05 and is chapter No. 115 out of 120 in the NFF Family. The National Capital Region Chapter includes schools in northern Virginia, District of Columbia and Southern Maryland. The chapter supports the NFF Mission of; the National Football Foundation is committed to the mission of scholarship, citizenship, and performance in the game of amateur football and in promoting this great sport.

Polzin is majoring in sociology. He played in all eight games last season and played in 10 games in 2017. He has tallied 37 tackles (22 solo) to go with two sacks for a loss of 23 yards and six tackles for a loss of 37 yards. Polzin will enter his senior season this fall.

In March, senior wide receiver Dylan Mento (Atco, N.J.) was named the College Athlete of the Year by The South Jersey Chapter of the National Football Foundation (NFF). In four seasons, the star wideout caught 100 passes for 1,196 yards and 10 touchdowns in 37 games. He averaged 12.0 yards per catch and scored two or more touchdowns every season. Last season, Mento caught 14 passes for 236 yards and two scores. The business administration major will graduate this May.