May 3, 2013
The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) has announced the members of the 2013 NFF Hampshire Honor Society, which is comprised of college football players from all divisions of play who each maintained a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better throughout their college career. Auburn linebacker and Rhodes Scholar finalist Ashton Richardson is among the honorees.
A total of 703 players from 259 schools qualified for membership in the society's seventh year, marking the highest school participation in the history of the program, which began in 2007.
"The growing number of schools involved in the Hampshire Honor Society each year shows that football student-athletes not only play at the highest level but that they are some of the best students on campus as well," said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. "Congratulations to each of these young men for their commitment to education and their leadership on and off the football field."
The NFF Hampshire Honor Society capitalizes on the NFF's current National Scholar-Athlete program greatly expanding the number of scholar-athletes the NFF can recognize each year. The program further strengthens the organization's leadership role in encouraging academic performance by the student-athletes who play football at the more than 700 college and universities with football programs nationwide. The initiative has honored 4,081 student-athletes since its inception.
Richardson graduated with a B.S. degree summa cum laude in animal science (pre-vet) in December, 2012. A finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship, the SEC McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Award and winner of the 2012 national Bobby Bowden Award from the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, he was a semifinalist for the 2012 William V. Campbell Trophy, recognizing the top football scholar-athlete in the country. He was the marshal of the fall 2012 graduating class of the Auburn University College of Agriculture, graduating with a 3.91 overall GPA, and was recently named the President's Award winner for the College of Agriculture. A member of Auburn's SEC and BCS Championship team in 2010, he was awarded a full athletic scholarship in 2011. A native of New Orleans, La., he is the son of Al and Trina Richardson.