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Roman Named Campbell Trophy Semifinalist

Roman makes one of his 6 solos at Cornell (Jack Warhola image)
Roman makes one of his 6 solos at Cornell (Jack Warhola image)

Senior Making Impact at Yale and in the Community


IRVING, TexasJ. Hunter Roman, a Yale senior defensive end from New London, Conn., has been named a semifinalist for the 2018 William V. Campbell Trophy, the award that recognizes an individual as the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation.

The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) announced today the 179 semifinalists The NFF will announce 12-14 finalists on Oct. 31, and each of them will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship as a member of the 60th NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class.

Roman has 11 tackles and a sack in two games this season. He is coming off a six-solo tackle performance in a 30-24 win at Cornell last Saturday.

The history major in Grace Hopper College has been active on campus and in the community. Roman has served on the executive board of Beta Sigma Psi, and he helped organize an event (Kids Play) to help children in Africa play sports. He served on a committee to hire the new dean of Hopper, is active on a committee called Equity & Inclusion at Yale, and serves as a Communication and Consent Educator (CCE) at Yale. In addition, Roman has co-led bible studies for Athletes in Action.

The finalists will travel to New York City for the 61st NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 4, where their accomplishments will be highlighted in front of one of the most powerful audiences in all of sports. Live during the event, one member of the class will be declared as the winner of the 29th William V. Campbell Trophy® and have his postgraduate scholarship increased to $25,000.

Nominated by their schools, which are limited to one nominee each, candidates for the awards must be a senior or graduate student in their final year of playing eligibility, have a GPA of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, have outstanding football ability as a first team player or significant contributor and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship. The class is selected each year by the NFF Awards Committee, which is comprised of a nationally recognized group of media, College Football Hall of Famers and athletics administrators.

"These 179 impressive candidates truly represent the scholar-athlete ideal," said NFF Chairman Archie Manning, whose sons Peyton (Campbell Trophy® winner) and Eli were named NFF National Scholar-Athletes in 1997 and 2003, respectively. "For 60 years, the NFF National Scholar-Athlete program has showcased more than 800 college football players who have been successful on the football field, in the classroom and in the community. This year's semifinalists further illustrate the power of our great sport in developing the next generation of influential leaders."

Named in honor of the late Bill Campbell, former chairman of Intuit, former player and head coach at Columbia University and the 2004 recipient of the NFF's Gold Medal, the Campbell Trophy® is a 25-pound bronze trophy and increases the amount of the recipient's grant by $7,000 for a total postgraduate scholarship of $25,000. This year's postgraduate scholarships will push the program's all-time distribution to more than $11.5 million.