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Brown's Jasinowski Named 2009 NFF Scholar-Athlete

Friday, December 11, 2009

Courtesy of the National Football Foundation and Brown Sports Information

DALLAS -- Brown senior offensive tackle Paul Jasinowski was named a 2009 National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete and one of the 16 finalists who will vie for the William V. Campbell Trophy, endowed by HealthSouth, that will be presented on December 8 at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City.

Jasinowski has had no problems balancing an Ivy League education with success on the football field. Head coach Phil Estes agrees, noting that Paul "attacks everything he does with great passion, great focus and with lots of success. He's the complete student-athlete."

In the classroom, the Washington D.C. native is an Ivy League Honor Roll member with a 3.70 GPA. After graduating with a double major in Economics and Urban Studies, he plans to pursue an MBA.

A two-time All-Ivy player, Jasinowski has anchored an offensive line that led the Ivy League in sacks given up (7) en route to Brown's Ivy League Championship. During his sophomore season, the Bears led the Ivy League in total offense and passing offense. As a junior, Jasinowki and the offensive line led the way to Brown's offense being ranked first in the Ivy in scoring at 29.3 points per game. This season, Brown leads the Ivy League in total offense and points per game as well as sacks against.

For three years, Jasinowski has been a coordinator and leader of a weekly volunteer group for special needs students at Fox Point Elementary School. In 2008, he was awarded the Chris Perry Community Service Award, given to a Brown football player who is the most involved in the community and exhibits the qualities of "scholarship, leadership and concern for others". He also co-coordinated a fundraiser event to benefit the fight against cancer called Bench Press for Cancer.

Jasinowski follows 2005's Nick Hartigan as the Bears' sixth NFF National Scholar-Athlete.

Selected as the best and the brightest from the college gridiron, the 16 finalists were chosen from a nationwide pool of 154 semifinalists among all NCAA divisions and the NAIA.

Each finalist will receive an $18,000 post-graduate scholarship, and one of the 16 will be announced as the recipient of the 20th Anniversary William V. Campbell Trophy, endowed by HealthSouth (and formerly known as the Draddy Trophy), which recognizes an individual as the absolute best scholar- athlete in the nation. Renamed this fall in honor of Bill Campbell, the chairman of Intuit, former player and head coach at Columbia University and the 2004 recipient of the NFF's Gold Medal, the award comes with a 25-pound bronze trophy and a $25,000 post- graduate scholarship. A total distribution of $300,000 in scholarships will be awarded that evening.

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