Yale LB Looking To Make NFF Squad
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Jesse Reising (Decatur, Ill.), a senior linebacker on the Yale football team, has been named a semifinalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy, a scholar-athlete award handed out December 7 at the Waldorf Astoria in Manhattan by the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame.
Reising, second on the team with 18 tackles after three starts, owns a 3.75 GPA with a focus on economics and political science. He may be locked in on his majors and football right now, but this Eli has his sights set on his country.
The Bulldog defensive standout was home last summer taking classes to get his flight license before he completes Marine Corps Officer Candidate School next year. Reising recently spent time in Washington, DC, working closely with veterans' service organizations such as the Wounded Warrior Project, American Legion and Disabled American Veterans.
Reising, the class valedictorian at Eisenhower High School, also participated in various community outreach activities through his Yale fraternity, including events to raise money to fight prostate cancer, Relay for Life, and making care packages for Navy SEALs in Afghanistan.
Yale players are often selected as semifinalists for the Campbell Trophy, but only 10 have made the final squad picked as NFF Scholar-Athletes since Rick McCarthy became the first in 1967. Casey Gerald, who spoke at the national event representing all the scholar-athletes in 2008, was Yale's last selection.
Yale's National Football Foundation Hall of Fame Scholar-Athletes
1967 Rick McCarthy, OG
1970 Tom Neville, DT
1972 Dick Jauron, RB
1976 Stone Phillips, QB
1978 Bill Crowley, LB
1980 Kevin Czinger, MG
1981 Rich Diana, RB
2001 Peter Lee, QB
2006 Ed McCarthy, OT
2008 Casey Gerald, DB