July 9, 2014
BOCA RATON, Fla. - Florida Atlantic University recent graduate and football player Andrew Stryffeler has been honored by the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame for his career academic achievements.
Stryffeler, a native of Sanford, N.C., played in each of FAU's 12 games in 2013, recording two tackles for loss, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. He played in 30 games in his career with 28 career tackles.
To be eligible for the award, a player must be a starter or significant substitute, maintain a GPA of 3.2 or higher throughout his entire career, and meet the NCAA requirements for progress toward a degree. Stryffeler is one of just two players in the state of Florida to receive this honor.
Behind the leadership of Jon Hanson, the emeritus chairman of the National Football Foundation, a total of 838 players from 267 schools qualified for membership in the NFF Hampshire Honor 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 Steve Hatchell, NFF president and chief executive officer. "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."
Designed to highlight football's unique ability to develop tomorrow's brightest leaders, the NFF Hampshire Honor Society honors the college football players from all divisions of play who each maintain a 3.2 GPA or better during their collegiate careers. Looking to build on his legacy in promoting the scholar-athlete ideal, Hanson endowed in perpetuity the NFF Hampshire Honor Society in 2007 through his real estate company, The Hampshire Companies and its charitable arm The Hampshire Foundation. Since its inception, 4,927 student-athletes have earned membership, including 838 in 2014; 711 in 2013; 721 in 2012; 687 in 2011; 620 in 2010; 564 in 2009; 441 in 2008; and 345 in 2007.