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Stepinac Football Star Coleman Earns Prestigious 'Golden Dozen' Award

This latest group of Golden Dozen scholar-athlete winners, along with 24 second-team selections, will be honored on Thursday, Jan. 29 at the 42nd annual awards banquet at the Westchester Country Club in Rye.
This latest group of Golden Dozen scholar-athlete winners, along with 24 second-team selections, will be honored on Thursday, Jan. 29 at the 42nd annual awards banquet at the Westchester Country Club in Rye. Photo Credit: File photo

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- The Westchester Chapter of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame has cited football standouts for both athletic and academic excellence with its Scholar-Athlete or "Golden Dozen" team.

This year’s 12 winners will be honored on Thursday, Jan. 29 at the 42nd annual awards banquet at the Westchester Country Club in Rye.

This year's honorees are:

Brandon Coleman, Archbishop Stepinac

Timothy DeGraw, Rye High School

Will Eisler, Scarsdale High School

Ilan Gressel, The Hackley School

Steven Ircha, Bronxville High School

Stephen Kelley, Walter Panas High School

Ryan Lee, John Jay-Cross River High School

Andrew Livingston, Rye High School

James Nicholas, Scarsdale High School

Andrew Sommer, Mamaroneck High School

Charles Tarry, Bronxville High School

Derick Wallace, Rye Country Day School

The 12 were selected from a field of 44 nominees.

"Without a doubt, this year our Selection Committee had to choose among the strongest group of nominees in our history," said Bob Everett, secretary and chairman of the Westchester chapter of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame.

The typical honoree is a team captain, all-section, in the top 5 to 10 percent of his class, also captain of a winter and/or spring sport, and a difference maker in his school and the wider community.

The group has been highly recruited. Seven have already committed to Amherst, Brown, Penn, Princeton, Tufts, the Naval Academy and Yale.

At that Banquet, the chapter will be honoring its 500th Scholar Athlete since its founding in 1973.

In addition, the chapter will be honoring founding member and former Chapter President Bill Draddy and awarding the Chris Mello Scholar Athlete Award and Scholarship in memory of former "Golden Dozen" honoree Chris Mello of Rye, who was killed on September 11th.

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