Xaverian Brothers Grad Gaziano Named National

High School Scholar-Athlete Award Finalist by NFF

The Jack Grinold/Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of the National Football Foundation has reached an agreement with the New England Football Writers to sponsor the NEFW’s weekly and seasonal Gold Helmet Awards. The Gold Helmet signifies the best performances by football players from New England colleges in the College (Divisions II and III) and University (Division I FBS and FCS) Divisions each week.

The weekly awards are presented at the NEFW luncheons

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the Boston Globe and the Boston Herald, he was a Massachusetts State Football Coaches all-state team honoree.

At 6’5” and 245 lbs., Gaziano was named the ESPN Boston Defensive Player of the Year as a junior and was selected to play in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl following his senior season. Choosing from numerous Division I scholarship offers, Gaziano picked Northwestern University to continue his academic career in pre-med and his football career for the Wildcats.

Also a lacrosse player, Gaziano has volunteered with the Jimmy Fund and the Pan Mass Challenge. He has walked the Boston Marathon route several times to raise money for cancer research.

The four winners will be announced in early October. The awards will be presented at the annual NFF Awards event at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City in early December.

Joe Gaziano, a tight end and defensive end who led Xaverian Brothers to the 2014 Division I Eastern Massachusetts Super Bowl title, has been named a finalist for one of four National Football Foundation High School Scholar-Athlete Awards.

Gaziano was a three year starter for Xaverian and was a Catholic Conference all-league selection as both a junior and a senior. Named to the All-Scholastic teams by both

held every Wednesday from the week after Labor Day to the week prior to the Harvard-Yale game. The seasonal awards are presented at the NEFW Captains and Awards Banquet in December.

“For a couple of years we’ve had informal discussions about sponsoring the Gold Helmets,” Ginold Chapter Executive Director Roger Crosley said. “This year we felt we were in the financial position to make this partnership. We’re thrilled to support these awards and to extend the Chapter’s reach further into college football in New England.”

The New England Football Writers is the oldest football writer’s group in the country, dating back to the 1920’s.

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