Roman Named NFF High School Finalist

D. Major Roman
D. Major Roman

Freshman TE Is A Northeast Nominee


IRVING, Texas (Sept. 13, 2017) – The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) announced today the names of the 35 finalists for the 2017 NFF Chapter Scholar-Athlete Awards, which will honor one young man from each of the country's five regions as the best and the brightest for their accomplishments as athletes, scholars and citizens at the high school level. Yale's D. Major Roman, a freshman tight end from New London, Conn., earned one of those spots.


The finalists all graduated from high school in 2017 and are now playing college football. A national committee will select the five honorees, who will be announced Oct. 4.


Roman, who joined his brother, J. Hunter, on the Yale team this fall, was a first-team all-state end at New London High School.


"The NFF Chapter Network continues to grow and excel, and their work this year has allowed us to identify these 35 exceptional high school scholar-athletes who have clearly established themselves among the best in the nation," said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. "It will be a difficult task to select one from each region as the absolute best. Each possesses incredible talent in all facets of their lives, and it is a tremendous honor for us to highlight their accomplishments."


With 120 chapters and more than 12,000 members, the NFF Chapter Network impacts more than 500,000 student-athletes at 5,000 high schools in 47 states each year. The centerpiece of their efforts are the annual chapter awards banquets, which recognize more than 3,500 of the nation's top scholar-athletes and distribute more than $1 million in scholarships.


The five NFF Chapter Scholar-Athletes selected from the finalists list below will travel to New York City to be honored during the NFF Chapter Awards Luncheon, presented by Under Armour, on Tuesday, Dec. 5, at the New York Hilton Midtown.


First bestowed in 1991, the NFF Chapter Scholar-Athlete Awards have become one of the most prestigious high school honors in the country. Criteria for the award include but are not limited to academic achievement, athletic accolades and community involvement.


For tickets to the Dec. 5 luncheon in New York, please contact Ron Dilatush at or by calling 972-556-1000.


Northeast Region Nominees

Glenn Cunningham from Xavier High School in Middletown, Conn. Nominated by the NFF Casey-O'Brien/New Haven (Conn.) Chapter and currently playing at Fordham University.

Andrew Hopgood from Bishop Hendricken High School in Warwick, R.I. Nominated by the NFF Emo DiNitto/Rhode Island Chapter and currently playing at Bryant University.

Michael Laverriere from Thornton Academy in Saco, Maine. Nominated by the NFF State of Maine Chapter and currently playing at the University of Maine.

Bobby Maimaron from Duxbury High School in Duxbury, Mass. Nominated by the NFF Jack Grinold/Eastern Massachusetts Chapter and currently playing at Williams College (Mass.).

D. Major Roman from New London High School in New London, Conn. Nominated by the NFF Southeastern Connecticut Chapter and currently playing at Yale University.

Russell Thompson-Bishop from Bloomfield High School in Bloomfield, Conn. Nominated by the NFF Doc Boisoneau/Northern Connecticut Chapter and currently playing at Syracuse University.