IRVING, Texas (Oct. 4, 2017) – From the more than 1.1 million high school football players across the country, the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) announced today the names of five outstanding individuals as the recipients of the 2017 NFF Chapter Scholar-Athlete Awards. Each recipient is selected as the best of the best from his region of the country at the high school level. The five honorees, who are now playing college football after graduating high school in May 2017, are being recognized solely for their accomplishments in high school.
“The NFF Chapter Scholar-Athlete Awards showcase first-class high school football players from across the country,” said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. “This year’s honorees have set the standard for accomplishment on the field, in the classroom and in the community. We are truly proud to honor their success in December.”
2017 NFF Chapter Scholar-Athlete Honorees
(Currently college freshmen, the award is solely based on high school accomplishments.)
John Mahoney – from Valley High School in West Des Moines, Iowa, and the Iowa Chapter in the Midwest Region. (Currently attending the University of Notre Dame.)
Bobby Maimaron – from Duxbury High School in Duxbury, Mass., and the Jack Grinold/Eastern Massachusetts Chapter in the Northeast Region. (Currently attending Williams College [Mass.].)
Brandon Micale – from Pomona High School in Arvada, Colo., and the Colorado Chapter in the West Region. (Currently attending the University of San Diego.)
Rick Mottram – from Allentown High School in Allentown, N.J., and the Delaware Valley (N.J.) Chapter in the East Region. (Currently attending Bucknell University.)
Blake Wooden – from American Heritage School in Plantation, Fla., and the Brian Piccolo/Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Chapter in South Region. (Currently attending Columbia University.)
Allentown High School in Allentown, N.J.
East Region – NFF Delaware Valley (N.J.) Chapter
Currently Playing at Bucknell University
Rick Mottram defined the student-athlete ideal at Allentown High School in Allentown, N.J. The two-year team captain earned First Team All-State honors at linebacker as a senior after guiding the Redbirds to the 2016 Central Jersey Group IV state title. Mottram made 141 tackles on the way to the championship, including 24 for loss and 3.5 sacks, while also recording two interceptions and forcing four fumbles. He ended his stellar career with a school-record 435 tackles while leading Allentown to three conference titles. The Times of Trenton named Mottram its Defensive Player of the Year twice, and he was a three-time First Team All-Area and First Team All-Group IV selection. A four-year letterman, he was twice named team MVP.
The valedictorian of his class, Mottram graduated from Allentown with the highest GPA in school history – a weighted 4.549. An Allentown High School Scholar-Athlete, he received multiple accolades, including the AP Physics, AP Calculus, AP U.S. History and AP Chemistry awards.
Mottram consistently gave back to his community in high school. A student council representative, he was a four-year captain of a Relay for Life team and was a member of a Villages in Partnership Water Walk team. Mottram was also a member of the National Honor Society and the Math, History and Science Honor Societies, and he helped tutor other students.
He is studying engineering at Bucknell, where he appears as a linebacker for the Bison.