Russo Selected to National Football Foundation Hampshire Society

April 27, 2009

EASTON, Pa. - Senior fullback Joe Russo (Utica, N.Y./T.R. Proctor) was inducted into the 2009 Hampshire Honor Society by the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame.

The team is comprised of graduating seniors from schools across the country who were starters or key reserves and maintained a cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of at least 3.20. A total of 564 players from 266 schools qualified for membership.

Russo holds a 3.22 cumulative GPA as a Chemistry major and boasted a 3.5 GPA in the fall 2008 semester. He is a two-time All-Patriot League First-Team selection (2007 and 2008) and served as co-captain in 2008. Russo was one of just seven Patriot League student-athletes who were named to both the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll and the All-Patriot League First Team.

In 2008, Russo had 186 rushing yards and three touchdowns to go with 14 receptions for 150 yards and three receiving touchdowns. Russo was a three-year starter for the Leopards and played in 45 career games, scoring 15 touchdowns (six receiving and nine rushing).

Russo was one of eight Patriot League student-athletes from five different schools to receive the honor from the National Football Foundation. Previously, the Utica, N.Y. native was named Lafayette's Lehigh Valley Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame's 2008 Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Lafayette is coming off its second straight 7-4 season. The Leopards are the only Patriot League program to record a winning record in each of the last five regular seasons and boast four of the last seven Patriot League Football Scholar-Athletes of the Year. Lafayette opens the 2009 campaign at Georgetown on Sept. 12 at 6 p.m.