IRVING, TX – Rowan’s AJ Akins and Damir Washington have been named to the 2022 NFF Hampshire Honor Society, as announced today by the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame (NFF). The honorees are comprised of college football players from all divisions who maintained a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better throughout their careers.
The Profs join an elite group of 1,559 players from 313 schools who qualified for membership in the Society's 16th year. The total is the second most in a single year during the program’s history and the initiative has honored
Akins (Somerville, NJ/Somerville HS) received his degree in Law and Justice while Washington also received his degree in Law and Justice, with a minor in sociology.
Akins was a All-Region 2 honoree by D3Football and was named to the NJAC All-Conference First Team in 2021, as he led the conference in sacks. He was previously also honored for his academic achievements when he was chosen to the Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Football Team.
Washington (Clayton, NJ/Clayton HS) also completed his eligibility with the Profs this past season and has been named a Rowan Scholar-Athlete for three years. He also earned NJAC All-Academic Honorable Mention as a sophomore.
Members of the NFF Hampshire Honor Society have completed their final year of playing eligibility in 2021, achieved a 3.2 cumulative grade point average throughout entire course of undergraduate study, have met all NCAA progress towards degree requirements and have been starters or significant contributors during the season.
“It was my great privilege to endow the NFF Hampshire Honor Society, which has greatly increased the number of college student-athletes the NFF has been able to recognize during the past 16 years,” said Jon F. Hanson, the chairman and founder of The Hampshire Companies. “Nationwide there are thousands of football players excelling in the classroom, and they are going on to become great leaders.”
“We have honored more than 14,000 student-athletes in the last 16 years thanks to Jon Hanson’s generosity,” said NFF Chairman Archie Manning. “We are grateful for his passionate belief in the scholar-athlete ideal, and the Hampshire Honor Society allows us to showcase the names of tomorrow’s leaders while inspiring future generations to follow in their footsteps.”