By Mal Boright
Matt Long was recently awarded a plaque as an inductee into the 2014 class of the National Football Foundation Hampshire Honor Society.
The award requires outstanding skills on the gridiron but also brains in the classrooms. A recipient must have at least a 3.2 grade average for his entire college time.
Players at Division 2 and Division 3 schools are eligible for consideration.
Long’s football travels took him from an all-state end at Champlain Valley Union High to Wesleyan University. There, he became a key player for the Cardinals, who in his senior season last fall rolled up a 7-1 record and co-championship with Middlebury and Trinity of NESCAC. It was the team’s best season in 40 years.