Saint Xavier University senior wide receiver Shane Zackery (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic) was honored at the National Football Foundation’s (NFF) Awards Dinner and Press Conference for the announcement of the 23rd winner of the William V. Campbell Trophy on Dec. 4 at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City.
The event was broadcast on ESPN3 and is available online. A clip highlighting Zackery’s achievements is near the 55:00 minute mark. A photo gallery from the event is available here, and an article with a quote from Zackery is available here.
Zackery was one of 15 finalists for the NFF Scholar-Athlete award. The 15 honorees also comprise the list of finalists for the 2012 William V. Campbell Trophy, endowed by HealthSouth, which recognizes an individual as the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation. Zackery was the only NAIA player represented in this year’s class and was awarded an $18,000 scholarship to assist with postgraduate studies.
Zackery, a business management major with an emphasis in marketing and finance, becomes the first student-athlete in the 20-year history of the Saint Xavier University football program to receive this distinction. He carries a 3.709 cumulative grade-point average and was named a 2011 CoSIDA First Team Academic All-America in the college division as well as a 2011 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete. Zackery also helped SXU win the 2011 NAIA Football National Championship finishing the game with nine receptions for 78 yards and a touchdown. This season, Zackery leads the Cougars in receptions (80), receiving yards (1,122) and touchdowns (13). He also has coordinated team activities for Saint Xavier’s annual “Service Day” and volunteered his time to help host a free football clinic for underprivileged kids in conjunction with a local Salvation Army Community Center in Chicago.
Read more about the NFF Scholar-Athlete award here.