Georgia Bulletin

The Newspaper of the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta


Former Marist football standout set to receive national award

Published October 15, 2015

ATLANTA— The National Football Foundation (NFF) named Kenneth Brinson Jr., a 2015 graduate of Marist School, Atlanta, one of the five recipients of its 2015 NFF National High School Scholar-Athlete Award. According to the NFF, “each recipient is selected as the best of the best from his region of the country at the high school level.” While all five honorees are currently playing collegiate football, they are strictly being recognized for their high school accomplishments.

KENNETH BRINSON JR. Photo By William C. Bunce

Photo By William C. Bunce

Brinson was a four-year letterman and two-year team captain at Marist where he set the career sacks record. He graduated with a cumulative 4.1 GPA and was a three-time Academic All-American and National Merit Finalist. Brinson also volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and served as a Centro Hispano Marista GED tutor. The 6-foot-2, 225-pound Brinson currently attends the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York, and plays linebacker on the football team.

Over the past 24 years, 105 student-athletes have been recognized as NFF National High School Scholar-Athletes, so this year marks the 25th class of honorees. Brinson and the other four student athletes will be honored during the Dec. 8 NFF awards luncheon at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City.

The other honorees are Zachary Allen, a graduate of New Canaan, Connecticut, High School, now attending Boston College; William Hefley III, a graduate of Pulaski Academy in Little Rock, Arkansas, who attends the University of Tulsa, Oklahoma; Jelani Roberts, who graduated from the Gilman School in Baltimore, Maryland, and is attending Northwestern University; and Josh Rosen, a graduate of St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower, California, who is attending UCLA.