Whisenhunt Joins National Football Foundation in Honoring Local Scholar-Athletes

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Middle Tennessee Chapter of the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame hosted its 48th annual awards banquet Wednesday night at the Nashville Music City Sheraton.

Titans Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt, GM Ruston Webster and executive board member Kenneth Adams were on hand Wednesday night to help recognize scholar-athletes from 60 Middle Tennessee high schools and seven area universities for their combined accomplishments on the gridiron, academic excellence and community involvement. 

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Titans GM Ruston Webster (left), executive board member Kenneth Adams (second, right) and head coach Ken Whisenhunt (right) pose with Brentwood Academy's Tyler Swafford (second, left), the winner of the Admiral William P. Lawrence Award, presented to the top high school football scholar-athlete for the 2013 season.

Among the evening's highlights were the presentation of the "Roy Kramer Contribution to Football Award" to the family of the late Glenn McCadams, long-time head football coach at Lipscomb Academy.  The award is presented to a "local individual who has been instrumental in promoting the game of football with the highest level of leadership, integrity and participation" and is named in honor of the former SEC Commissioner and Vanderbilt Athletic Director.

Scholar-athletes from every Nashville public and private high school with a football team were represented.  In addition to all Davidson County schools, scholar-athletes from high schools in Cheatham, Rutherford, Sumner, Trousdale, Williamson and Wilson counties were honored at one of the largest high school awards dinner held in Tennessee. 

Seven area college football players were also recognized for their on-and-off-the field efforts as well.  Scholar-athletes from Austin Peay State University, Cumberland University, Middle Tennessee State University, Tennessee State University, Tennessee Technological University, The University of the South and Vanderbilt University were also honored.

"The scholar-athlete banquet season highlights the best of the NFF's mission in promoting this great game of football," said NFF - Middle Tennessee Chapter President Robert M. Sullins.  "These scholar-athletes are examples to their peers, having applied the same traits from the football field - discipline, teamwork, accountability - to all aspects of their life."

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The NFF has 120 chapters across 47 states with 12,000 members nationwide and annually recognizes over 3,000 high school and college football student-athletes while collectively awarding almost $1 million in scholarships at the local banquets. More than 33,000 people have attended an NFF banquet this year, and they witnessed the best of the gridiron being honored for their outstanding achievement on the field, in the classroom and as leaders in their communities. Many chapter banquets also paid tribute to notable individuals from their local communities, bestowing Distinguished American Awards, Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football Awards and Outstanding Football Official Awards. The all-time amount of scholarships disbursed by NFF chapters nationwide will approach $20 million this year.

Scholarships were awarded to each high school student at Wednesday's dinner thanks to the generosity of the family of the chapter's late President, Charles W. Hawkins, III. 

Also among those honored tonight were David Meador, who received the chapter's "Bonnie Sloan Courage Award" which is presented to a college or professional athlete, coach or staff member who overcame obstacles and fought back to succeed.  Meador is a four-time champion of the United States Blind Golf Association and also the immediate past president of that association.

NFF's Mission Statement:  "Our mission is to promote and develop the power of amateur football in developing the qualities of leadership, sportsmanship, competitive zeal and the drive for academic excellence in America's young people."

2013 NFF Charles W. Hawkins III High School Scholar-Athlete Winners

High School

First – middle name

Last name

Antioch High School

David Raymond

Young

Battle Ground Academy

Noah Walker

Mayberry

Beech High School

Andrew Lewellyn

Alexander

Blackman High School

William Brandon

Armstrong

Brentwood Academy

Tyler

Swafford

Brentwood High School

Robert Andrew

Schumpert

Cane Ridge High School

Micah Joseph

Kennedy

Centennial High School

Bailey

Wisniowski

Cheatham County Central High

Bryce

Beamer

Christ Presbyterian Academy

William Andrew Alvin

Manuel

Davidson Academy

Andrew Ray

Swann

Donelson Christian Academy

James Van Curen

Douglas

Eagleville High School

Daryl Ernest

Smith III

East Nashville Magnet School

Brandon

Van Leer

Ensworth School (The)

Parker Wyatt

Wade

Fairview High School

Brice Hunter

Myatt

Father Ryan High School

Stephen Sims

Stejskal

Franklin High School

Colton Kenneth

Black

Franklin Road Academy

Andrew Harkins

Looney

Friendship Christian School

Justin Mark

Truszkowski

Gallatin High School

Zachary Alexander

Kincaid

Glencliff High School

Nikolas Jake

Osborne

Goodpasture Christian School

James Carter

Wiseman

Harpeth High School

Richard Daulton Wayne

Rose

Hendersonville High School

Caleb Gentry

Long

Hillsboro High School

Porter Evan

Streator III

Hillwood High School

Demarcus Alexander

Watts

Hunters Lane High School

Tyler William

Bennett

Independence High School

Deion Thomas

Sims

La Vergne High School

Christopher Joseph

Fore

Lebanon High School

Bryce Wampoole

Suber

Lipscomb Academy

Cooper Douglas

Elkins

Maplewood High School

William Earl

Porter

McGavock High School

Ronald

Elliott

Middle Tenn Christian School

Charles Franklin

Roberts

Montgomery Bell Academy

Thomas Grey

Reames

Mt. Juliet Christian Academy

Noah Andrew

Wilson

Mt. Juliet High School

Michael Hanna

Khoury

Nashville Christian School

Ryan Hughes

Young

Oakland High School

David Lewis

Newman

Overton High School

Kevin Duane

Scott

Page High School

Zak Izak

Mizell

Pearl-Cohn High School

Hayden Ross

Gregory

Pope John Paul II High School

Lucas Ashton

Pulliza

Portland High School

Emilio

Almeridarez

Ravenwood High School

Justin Mark

Hammond

Riverdale High School

Kyle Phillip

Blevens

Siegel High School

James Weston

Hayes

Smyrna High School

Matthew Grant

Rodell

Station Camp High School

Bryson Daniel

Nash

Stewarts Creek High School

Nelson Robert

Masyan

Stratford High School

Terrance

Valentine Jr.

Summit High School

Philip Thomas

Shearry

Sycamore High School

Adam Wayne

Clanton

Trousdale County High School

James Patrick

Kelley

Watertown High School

Matthew B.

Putnam

Westmoreland High School

James Kaleb

Anderson

White House High School

John Wyatt

Bailey

Whites Creek High School

Leon Tyrell

Monget

Wilson Central High School

Jordan Bradford

McCullough

College /University Scholar-Athletes

* *

Austin Peay State University

Benjamin Byron

Stansfield

Cumberland University

Theodore Francis Beau

Baker III

Middle Tennessee State

Kenneth D'Antignac

Gilstrap II

Tennessee State University

Nicholas Deonte'

Thrasher

Tennessee Tech University

James McKenzie

Normand

University of the South - Sewanee

Atticus Lee

Frank

Vanderbilt University

John Fitz

Lassing

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