Trinity Football's Mike Mancini Selected As NFF National Scholar Athlete

One of just two Division III football players to win the award this fall

​Hartford, Conn. - Trinity College football senior tri-captain Safety Mike Mancini (Rocky Hill, Conn.) was named as a National Football Foundation (NFF) National Scholar Athlete presented by Fidelity Investments.  The honorees also comprise the list of 17 finalists, selected from a group of 169 exceptional semifinalists, for the 2014 William V. Campbell Trophy, presented by Fidelity Investments and prominently displayed at its official home inside the New York Athletic Club. The Campbell Trophy, which is celebrating its 25th Anniversary in 2014, recognizes an individual as the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation, and it will be presented live to one member of the class on December 9 during the 57th NFF Annual Awards Dinner. 

ManciniTrinity, coached by Jeff Devanney, is 5-1 and tied with Wesleyan for second place after a 27-7 loss against Middlebury on Saturday, and hosts undefeated Amherst on Saturday, November 1 at 12:30 p.m.

"Jack Ford and the NFF Awards Committee did an excellent job in selecting this year's National Scholar-Athletes," said NFF Chairman Archie Manning, whose sons Peyton (Campbell winner) and Eli were NFF National Scholar-Athletes in 1997 and 2003, respectively. "Selected from an impressive group of semifinalists, they should be extremely proud of their accomplishments, as they have undoubtedly distinguished themselves as some of the best student-athletes in the country. Each of these men is also a leader in his respective community, and we know that they have only begun to reach their potential."

An All-NESCAC honoree a year ago, Mancini has 24 tackles, one tackle for loss, one interception, and is tied for the team lead with five pass breakups in five games this fall.  He is a two-time NESCAC All-Academic selection, a 2013 Capital One Academic All-District selection, and the College's junior male athlete of the year in 2013-14.  Mancini, one of just two Division III football players to win the award this fall, is majoring in neuroscience with a minor in Spanish. The first Trinity football player to be named an NFF National Scholar Athlete, Mancini earns an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship with the award. He plans to attend medical school after graduation from Trinity in May.

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