DALLAS – Columbia football seniors Greg Lee and Mike Waller were selected into 2013 National Football Foundation 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.
Lee started all 10 games and was a key cog on the defensive line for the Lions in 2012, recording 32 tackles and 3.5 sacks in his final season. The San Diego product had a breakout performance against Dartmouth on Homecoming, posting five tackles with a sack. Lee is a Neuroscience and Behavior major with plans of attending medical school.
An All-Ivy League Honorable Mention player in 2012, Waller recorded 77 tackles, including a team-best 43 solo takedowns. He was named Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 29 after forcing a key fumble in the fourth quarter, leading to a game-winning drive by Columbia against Yale. Waller is set to graduate this month with a degree in Economics and was named Academic All-Ivy League in January.
The Hampshire Honor Society represents a powerful component in the organization's rich history as an innovator in promoting the scholar-athlete ideal. Launched in 1959 with a donation from Hall of Fame coach Earl "Red" Blaik, the NFF's National Scholar-Athlete Awards, presented by Fidelity Investments, became the first initiative in history to grant postgraduate scholarships based on a player's combined academic success, football performance and community leadership. And, since its inception, the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards program has awarded $10.1 million to 771 top scholars and community leaders.