April 26, 2007
Dallas, TX - Seven Brown University football seniors - outside linebacker Justin Amoah (Mississauga, Ont.), quarterback Joseph DiGiacomo (Doylestown, PA), offensive lineman Alex Doty (Sacramento, CA), linebacker David Healy (Reading, MA), corner back Gavin Logan (South Kingstown, RI), running back Akin Oyalowo (Bowie, MD) and offensive lineman Blake Trocki (Ipswich, MA) - were named to the inaugural National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) National Honor Society.
The National Football Foundation Honor Society is comprised of college football players from all divisions of play who each maintained a 3.2 GPA or better. A total of 345 players from 195 schools earned recognition as part of the inaugural class.
"I had the privilege of being recognized in 1959 as part of the first class of National Scholar-Athletes," said Gilbane, Inc. Chairman & CEO and former Brown football All-American, Paul Choquette `60, who serves as the NFF Honor Society National Advisory Committee Co-Chair with T. K. Wetherell, "It's an honor that I still deeply treasure because I truly believe the lessons learned on the field, combined with academic excellence, translate into success later in life. The NFF National Honor Society greatly expands the number of student-athletes who the NFF will be able to recognize, giving them a similar experience to one I had 50 years ago, which still means a lot to me. I am proud to have played a role in this new initiative."
The National Honor Society capitalizes on the NFF's current National Scholar-Athlete program, and further strengthens the NFF'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.
DiGiacomo, a two-time All-Ivy quarterback, posted a 3.38 grade point average, concentrating in Business Economics. He completed his career as one of the top passers in Brown football history, ranking 4th in all-time Brown passing yards (5,472), fourth in career completions (401) and third in touchdown passes (33). Doty is a Business Economics/History concentrator who has compiled a 3.70 grade point average. He has been a two-year mainstay on the Bears' offensive line, earning second team All-Ivy honors as a junior. Both Doty and DiGiacomo were CoSIDA District I Academic All-Americans.
Amoah made 29 tackles for the Bears and posted a 3.23 grade point average in Literatures and Cultures in English. Healey was a two-year starter at outside linebacker for the Bears and earned a 3.68 grade point average in History/Business Economics. Logan, a Political Science concentrator with a 3.33 grade point average, made 11 tackles for last year's squad. Oyalowo led the Bears in rushing with 498 yards on 126 attempts and six touchdowns. He is a History of Art/Architecture concentrator with a 3.2 grade point average. Trocki is a two-year lettermen for the Bears with a 3.2 grade point average in Public and Private Sector Organizations at Brown.