GAC honors 26 Weevil, Blossom student-athletes
One of the most poignant NCAA-produced television commercials run during all its championship telecasts features legendary wide receiver Jerry Rice. The graduate of Mississippi Valley State University and an NFL Hall of Famers, Rice notes that of some 480,000 student-athletes at NCAA institutions, only 2% will play professional sports.
He then goes through a list of things the more than 470,000 student-athletes won’t experience—fan clubs, private jets, autograph seekers and Hall of Fame inductions, among others. In the last line of the commercial, Rice says “They will bet something much more valuable.” Of course, he is talking about a college degree.
Following the completion of the 2018-19 season of competition in the Great American Conference, the league office announced that a record 510 student-athletes achieved Academic All-Conference honors in the sports of men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s track and field, baseball and softball.
Twenty-six of those were from the University of Arkansas at Monticello. Student-athletes in six sports joined the 12 UAM Academic All-Conference student-athletes named on the fall all-academic team, giving UAM 38 of a record 881 GAC All-Academic team members, an increase of 50 from the previous high for the 12-member conference.
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