Lonnie Hackett of Bangor has been named one of 31 finalists nationwide for the 2010 National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame National Scholar-Athlete Awards.
The NFF will honor one finalist from each of five regions as the best and brightest for their accomplishments as athletes, scholars and citizens at the high school level. Those five honorees, who are now playing college football but are being recognized for their previous accomplishments in high school, will be announced the week of Oct. 4.
The five winners will travel to New York City to be honored during the NFF Chapter Awards Luncheon, presented by Sprinturf, on Dec. 7 at the Waldorf-Astoria. First bestowed in 1991, the NFF National High School Scholar-Athlete Award has become one of the most prestigious high school honors in the country. Criteria for the award include but are not limited to academic achievement, athletic accolades and community involvement.
Hackett, one of six finalists from the Northeast region, set a Bangor High School single-season rushing record in 2009 while leading the Rams to an 11-1 record, the Eastern Maine Class A championship, and a berth in the Class A state final. A finalist for the Fitzpatrick Trophy symbolic of the state's top senior football player, Hackett rushed for 2,257 yards and scored 28 touchdowns for coach Mark Hackett's club.
Lonnie Hackett is now attending Bowdoin College of Brunswick, where he is a member of the school's football team.