Four Amherst Players Named to NFF Hampshire Honor Society
From a National Football Foundation Release
DALLAS, TX – The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) announced today the members of the 2008 NFF Hampshire Honor Society, which is comprised of college football players from all divisions of play who each maintained a 3.2 GPA or better. A total of 433 players from 225 schools qualified for membership in the society's second year, an increase of more than 25 percent from the inaugural class in 2007.
Four members of the Amherst College football team qualified for the honor: seniors Nick Boehm (Shaker Heights, OH), Bobby DiGiovine (Waltham, MA), Rob Grammer (Glen Rock, NJ), and Dan Guariglia (Glen Rock, NJ).
Qualifications for membership in the inaugural NFF National 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.
The National Honor Society becomes the latest component of the organization's efforts to promote combined athletic and academic success. Launched in 1959, the NFF's National Scholar-Athlete Awards program became the first initiative in history to credit a player for his combined academic success, football performance and community leadership.
DiGiovine—a political science major—and Guariglia—an economics major—helped form a solid offensive line that allowed only 11 sacks all season and featured the NESCAC’s best rushing offense through the first five weeks of the season. Both players earned NESCAC Fall All-Academic honors for the second consecutive year, with Guariglia also earning a spot on the All-NESCAC Second Team.
Boehm and Grammer also earned NESCAC Fall All-Academic honors for the second consecutive year. Grammer—a star defensive back and double-major in economics and psychology—had an interception and 45 total tackles during his senior campaign. Majoring in economics, Boehm led Amherst this season in total tackles (65) as an inside linebacker and finished with the conference’s third highest tackles-per-game average (9.3).
This past December, Guariglia earned the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston's Nils V. “Swede” Nelson Award, one of the organization’s oldest and most prestigious honors, which recognizes outstanding achievement in academics, athletics, sportsmanship and citizenship.
Just last night, Guariglia added to his impressive list of accolades by accepting the DeOrmond "Tuss" McLaughry Scholar-Athlete Award from the National Football Foundation and Hall Of Fame Western Mass. Chapter at the chapter’s annual awards banquet at UMass-Amherst.
Boehm is in the midst of his final season as a member of the Amherst College baseball team, and later this spring will earn NESCAC Spring All-Academic honors for the second consecutive year.