Stanford Football excels on and off the field

Stanford Football players Ben Muth, Anthony Kimble, Pat Maynor, Alex Fletcher, Aaron Zagory, Thaddeus Chase Jr., and Gustav Rydstedt at the 2008 Commencement
David Gonzales, Stanford Athletics

The American Football Coaches Association announced Monday that Stanford will receive its 2012 Academic Achievement Award. Stanford will share the award with Northwestern University, which—like the Cardinal—recorded a 100 percent graduation rate for members of its freshman football class of 2005–06. The award is presented by the Touchdown Club of Memphis and will be presented Jan. 7 during the 2013 AFCA Convention in Nashville.

“We’re very excited to have received this award,” said Stanford’s head football coach, DAVID SHAW. “It is a direct reflection of the principles upon which Stanford was founded, to achieve excellence in everything we do—on the field, in the classroom and in our lives after we graduate.”

The Academic Achievement Award was established by the College Football Association in 1981. The award recognized the CFA-member Football Bowl Subdivision institution with the highest graduation rate among members of its football team. When the CFA disbanded in 1997, the AFCA stepped in to present the award and to conduct a graduation-rate survey that encompassed all members of the Football Bowl Subdivision

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