Holmes and Smith Named NFF Hampshire Honor Society Members

Apr 5, 2017

IRVING, Texas (April 5, 2017) - The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) announced today the members of the 2017 NFF Hampshire Honor Society, which is comprised of college football players from all divisions of play who each maintained a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better throughout their college careers. A total of 1,089 players from 297 schools qualified for membership in the society’s 11th year, both new single-year records in the history of the program.

The University of Dubuque football team's Halanier Holmes (FB, 5-10, 218, Sr., Waterloo, Iowa/Union La Porte HS) and Greg Smith (OL, 6-2, 278, Sr., Greenfield, Iowa/Nodaway Valley HS) were honored in 2017 with being named NFF Honor Society Members.

The Hampshire Foundation is the charitable arm of The Hampshire Companies, a privately-held, fully integrated real estate firm that has more than 60 years of hands-on, cycle-tested experience in acquiring, developing, leasing, repositioning, managing, financing and disposing of real estate. Founded by Jon F. Hanson, who served as NFF Chairman from 1994-2006, Hampshire is headquartered in Morristown, N.J.  

THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL FOUNDATION & COLLEGE HALL OF FAME: Founded in 1947 with early leadership from General Douglas MacArthur, legendary Army coach Earl "Red" Blaik and immortal journalist Grantland Rice, The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame is a non-profit educational organization that runs programs designed to use the power of amateur football in developing scholarship, citizenship and athletic achievement in young people. With 120 chapters and 12,000 members nationwide, NFF programs include FootballMatters.org, the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, The William V. Campbell Trophy presented by Fidelity Investments, annual scholarships of more than $1.3 million and a series of initiatives to honor the legends of the past and inspire the leaders of the future. NFF corporate partners include Delta Air Lines, Fidelity Investments, Herff Jones, Hofmann Brands, New York Athletic Club, Pasadena Tournament of Roses, PrimeSport, the Sports Business Journal, Under Armour and VICIS.  

Qualifications for membership in the NFF Hampshire Honor Society include:

  •   Being a starter or a significant contributor in one’s last year of eligibility (or a senior who has declared for the NFL Draft) at an 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

  •   Meeting all NCAA/NAIA-mandated progress towards degree requirements.