Sep 8, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Syracuse Orange quarterback Ryan Nassib (12) prepares to throw a pass prior to the game against the USC Trojans at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Ryan Nassib Named Big East Scholar-Athlete Of The Year

Ryan Nassib is quite possibly the smartest football player to ever come through Syracuse University.

Dec 8, 2012; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange football quarterback Ryan Nassib speaks to the press about his upcoming bowl game during halftime of a basketball game between Syracuse and the Monmouth Hawks at the Carrier Dome. Syracuse won 108-56. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL-bound Nassib collected another academic accolade as the Big East Scholar-Athlete of the Year. The award is one of many accomplishments for Nassib, who has already been named Syracuse’s Institutional Male Scholar-Athlete to go along with being named a 2012 National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete.

With all the news throughout college athletics that debase the importance of academics, it is an honor for Syracuse to have a player with such a good head on his shoulders. As much as we all disliked Greg Robinson, one thing he certainly got right was to recruit Ryan, who has shown the community and the country how to lead by example and do things the right way. When Ryan isn’t playing football, you can find him volunteering and interning at various organizations throughout Syracuse.

When he is not out on the practice field or working on school work, Nassib also finds time to volunteer within his community. He has served on the SU Football Team Leadership Council since 2009 and has interned each summer with an investment broker. He also volunteers at the Onondaga County Justice Center as well as the Salvation Army and Benderson Ida Senior Center.

I think it is safe to say that Nassib makes it incredibly easy for a neutral fan to wish for his success at the next level, and to restore some faith in to the college system as a whole. He is living proof that athletes can still get an education if they take advantage of the opportunity given to them, and it shows how beneficial that education can be. I speak for many when I wish Ryan all the success in the world in the NFL.

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