The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame announced recently the finalists for the 2022 William V. Campbell Trophy®, college football’s premier scholar-athlete award that annually recognizes an individual as the absolute best in the nation for his combined academic success, football performance and exemplary leadership. The 15 finalists, which include Fordham grad student linebacker Ryan Greenhagen, will each receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship as a member of the 2022 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class Presented by Fidelity Investments®.
Greenhagen, a preseason All-American, graduated with a degree in Business Administration (Finance) with a minor in Business Law & Ethics with a 3.85 GPA. He is currently completing a master’s degree in Business Analytics. Greenhagen is a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American® and three-time Academic All-Patriot League selection.
A four-year starter for the Rams, Greenhagen is second on the team with 68 total tackles, 39 solo, including 5.0 for loss and 2.5 sacks, ranking third in the Patriot League in tackles/game (9.6). He has been named to both the 2022 Buck Buchanan watch List (top FCS defensive player)and the 2022 Reese’s Senior Bowl watch List.
Last year, Greenhagen set an NCAA Division I record with 31 total tackles at Nebraska. He was leading the NCAA in tackles/game (20.4) before suffering a season-ending injury in the fifth game of the season.
The 15 finalists were selected from an impressive list of 156 semifinalists nationwide from among all NCAA divisions and the NAIA.
The finalists will travel to Bellagio Resort & Casino in Las Vegas for the 64th NFF Annual Awards Dinner Presented by Las Vegas on Dec. 6, where their accomplishments will be highlighted in front of one of the most powerful audiences in all of sports.
Live during the event, one member of the class will be declared as the winner of the 33rd Campbell Trophy® and have his postgraduate scholarship increased to $25,000. Click here for more information on the Awards Dinner, including options to purchase tickets online, special travel rates to the event from Delta Air Lines and Bellagio and a concierge service provided by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.
“We are extremely proud to announce the finalists for this year’s Campbell Trophy®,” said NFF Chairman Archie Manning, whose sons Peyton (Campbell Trophy® recipient) and Eli were NFF National Scholar-Athletes in 1997 and 2003, respectively. “These young men have an unrelenting commitment to excellence in all aspects of their lives, and they represent all that is right in college football. As strong leaders in the vein of the trophy’s namesake Bill Campbell, they all serve as living examples that the Future For Football is bright. We are excited to honor their hard work and outstanding leadership with postgraduate scholarships.”
Submitted by their schools, which are limited to one nominee each, candidates for the Campbell Trophy® must be a senior or graduate student in their final year of playing eligibility, have a GPA of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, have outstanding football ability as a first team player or significant contributor and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship.
“The NFF Awards Committee did an excellent job in selecting this year’s National Scholar-Athletes,” said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. “Chosen from an extremely impressive list of semifinalists, the finalists have undoubtedly distinguished themselves as some of the best student-athletes in the country. Each of these men is a leader on and off the field, and we know that they have only begun to reach their potential.”
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