IRVING, Texas – Williams College first-year quarterback Bobby Maimaron was placed in elite company today.
From the more than 1.1 million high school football players across the country, the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) announced today the names of five outstanding individuals as the recipients of the 2017 NFF Chapter Scholar-Athlete Awards. Each recipient is selected as the best of the best from his region of the country at the high school level. The five honorees, who are now playing college football after graduating high school in May 2017, are being recognized solely for their accomplishments in high school.
"The NFF Chapter Scholar-Athlete Awards showcase first-class high school football players from across the country," said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. "This year's honorees have set the standard for accomplishment on the field, in the classroom and in the community. We are truly proud to honor their success in December."
The five scholar-athletes 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.
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. From this pool of 3,500 scholar-athletes, the chapters nominated 35 individuals in 2017 as finalists for the highly coveted
NFF Chapter Scholar-Athlete Awards.
During the past 26 years, 115 student-athletes have been recognized as NFF Chapter Scholar-Athletes, and this year will mark the 27th class of honorees. Past NFF Chapter Scholar-Athleteshave gone on to hold various titles, including president, CEO, vice president, lawyer, NFL player, orthopedic surgeon, senior partner and financial analyst, among others.
A model scholar-athlete, Bobby Maimaron started at quarterback all four years at Duxbury High School while playing for his father, David. A captain his senior season, he led the Dragons to a 12-1 record and the Division 2 state championship.
That year, Maimaron threw for 2,621 yards and 40 touchdowns against just three interceptions while also running for 878 yards and 14 scores. In the state final, Maimaron passed for 300 yards and four touchdowns in a 40-7 win over Shrewsbury High. The two-time league MVP concluded his prep career with a state-record 122
touchdown passes. Following his stellar senior season, Maimaron was named the Gatorade Massachusetts Player of the Year and the Boston Globe Player of the Year while being selected All-State.
Graduating with a cumulative 4.05 GPA, Maimaron took all AP or honors level courses every year of high school. A National Honor Society member, he was twice named to the Boston Globe and Boston Herald All-Scholastic teams.
Active in the community, Maimaron was a student ambassador to the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association. He tutored underclassmen and volunteered at the Duxbury Senior Center and the Dorchester Boys & Girls Club. Maimaron also volunteered locally as a football and lacrosse coach.
As he did in high school, Maimaron became the starting quarterback as a freshman at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass. He has completed 52 percent of his passes for 613 yards and four touchdowns while leading the Ephs to a 2-1 record so far this season.