The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame has announced that 2022 will be a year of celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the organization. Founded in 1947 by General Douglas MacArthur and legendary Army-West Point head Coach Red Blaik, the NFF has spent the past 75 years promoting the game of football. The 75th Anniversary Logo and press release may be viewed here, and the 75th Anniversary video is available here.

Four members of the local football community were honored recently with major awards by the Jack Grinold/Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of the National Football Foundation during its 43rd Annual Scholar-Athlete Award Banquet.

Longtime Framingham State University Head Football Coach & Director of Athletics Tom Kelley is the 2022 recipient of the Grinold Chapter’s Ed Schluntz Contribution To Amateur Football Award. In honor of his five-plus decades of service to athletics at both the high school and collegiate levels, Bentley University Director of Athletics Emeritus Bob DeFelice has been named as the 2022 recipient of the Grinold Chapter’s Ron Burton Distinguished American Award

The Chapter's Roger Crosley Chapter Contributor Award was presented to veteran head coach at Whitman-Hanson and Pembroke High Schools Bob Bancroft. 2021 UMass Dartmouth graduate Jacob Burkhead is the recipient of the Jack Daly Award for Academics, Citizenship and Football.

The complete release is available here.


Twenty-six high school football players representing 18 different schools from within the Jack Grinold/Eastern Massachusetts Chapter area have been named to the 2022 Chapter Scholar-Athlete Class. 

The award is presented to those graduating seniors in the Chapter footprint who have achieved excellence on the gridiron, in the classroom, and in the community. All three criteria are weighed equally in the selection process.

"These 26 young men have persevered through an unimaginable two years," said Chapter Executive Director Jim Seavey. "With the COVID pandemic there was no guarantee they would even have football seasons, yet they remained steadfast in their resolve to play football and still managed to contribute to their schools and communities in positive ways. They have each brought great distinction to their schools, families and communities.” 

​The awards were presented at the 2022 Scholar-Athlete Banquet Sunday, May 15, 2022, at the Boston-Newton Marriott.   

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Middlesex School's Kevin Ma Named to NFF Team of Distinction

Kevin Ma, a 2022 graduate of The Middlesex School, has been named to the 2022 National Football Foundation Team of Distinction for his efforts on the field, in the classroom and in his community. Only 82 scholar athletes form a pool of over 3,500 throughout the NFF's Chapter Network receive the honor.

Kelley, DeFelice, Bancroft and Burkhead Receive Chapter Awards

Jack Grinold/Eastern Massachusetts Chapter 

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Three Former Chapter Scholar-Athletes, 74 From Chapter Footprint Named to NFF Hampshire Honor Society

Bob DeFelice

Bob Bancroft

Three former Grinold Chapter Scholar-Athletes are among the players named to the 2022 Class of the National Football Foundation Hampshire Honor Society. 

E.J. Perry of Brown University, Evan Gwordz from MIT and Williams College's Bobby Maimaron each earned the recognition accorded to players who completed their collegiate eligibility in the 2021 season, have maintained a 3.2 grade point average on a 4.0 scale and been a starter or significant reserve during the 2021 season. 

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Tom Kelley

Chapter Names 2022 High School Scholar-Athletes

Jacob Burkhead

Ma, who helped lead his team to the New England Public School Athletic Conference championship, was named a NEPSAC All-Star. He is an Advanced Placement Scholar with honors and a National Latin Exam-Maxima Cum Laude recipient. 

Ma will attend Cornell University in the Fall. 

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Additionally, 72 other college football players from the Grinold/Eastern Massachusetts Chapter footprint qualified for inclusion. The complete list of players from colleges and universities within the Chapter footprint is available here.