Three NFF Scholar-Athletes Picked in NFL Draft Morristown, NJ - April 27, 2001- Three of The
Three NFF Scholar-Athletes Picked in NFL Draft
Morristown, NJ - April 27, 2001- Three of The National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame's 2000 Class of National Scholar-Athletes were selected in the 2001 NFL Draft that took place April 21. The San Diego Chargers selected Drew Brees of Purdue with the 1st pick of the second round, 32nd overall. San Diego hopes that Brees will be able to excel on the professional level just as he did at Purdue with his record breaking career that includes, finishing fourth in Heisman voting his junior year, third his senior year, and leading Purdue to its 1st Rose Bowl appearance in 34 years.
Two picks later in the draft, the Arizona Cardinals selected Kyle Vanden Bosch of Nebraska with the 34th pick overall. At Nebraska, Vanden Bosch was an instant impact playing at defensive end in every game as a true freshman to eventually earning All-Conference Honors as a senior. Vanden Bosch was also recipient of the Vincent dePaul Draddy Award that is given to the nation's top scholar-athlete. The 2000 Heisman Trophy winner, Chris Weinke, was selected by the Carolina Panthers with the 11th pick of the fourth round -106 overall. While at Florida State, Weinke led the Seminoles to the 1999 National Championship and finished second in the nation in passing efficiency his senior year.
Brees, Vanden Bosch, and Weinke were all honored for their outstanding performance as students, athletes, and community leaders at the Foundation's 43rd Annual Awards Dinner December 12, 2000, at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. These players have all combined outstanding scholarship performance with athletic ability to gain this recognition. In December, The National Football Foundation honored 16 National Scholar-Athletes with $350,000 in postgraduate fellowships.
Since 1959, The National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame has rewarded 586 college seniors with scholarships for their postgraduate work. Annually The National Football Foundation awards nearly $1 million in scholarships to deserving high school and college scholar-athletes. Through many programs and its 118 local Chapters, The National Football Foundation is continually working to promote scholarship, citizenship, and athletic performance on both the high school and collegiate levels.
By Rob Moore