Ian Spence, a former Creek Wood football player who played for Cumberland University, was named to the NFF Hampshire Honor Society.
The society is made up of football players from all divisions of play who each maintained a cumulative 3.2 grade-point average or better throughout their college careers.
There are 1,471 members from 370 schools in this society, including Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Joe Burrow and fifth overall draft pick Justin Herbert, as well as former Alabama and Oklahoma quarterback and Heisman runner-up Jalen Hurts. Spence was one of the newest names to be added to the list.
“It means a lot to get recognized with something like that,” Spence said. “There are a lot of things going on behind the scenes when playing college sports as far as being a student and it’s just pretty sweet to be recognized like that. It means a lot to see some of my friends and teammates that I’ve played with and studied with for years awarded for their hard work off the field too.”
Spence played a few different positions in college at Cumberland for the Phoenix, much like he did at Creek Wood. In college, Spence played some receiver and split time at kicker, as well. Spence was appreciative of his time at Cumberland.
“Playing college football has been an amazing experience, and I wouldn’t change a thing,” Spence said. “I never thought going to Cumberland would have provided me as many opportunities as it did. I’ve made countless connections and met some lifelong friends. The coaches at Cumberland are great, as well. They’re not only great coaches, but they really care about the players there and believe in what they’re doing.”
Spence earned a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree while he played football. As for what’s next, Spence said he is ready to graduate and see what the future holds.
“I’m looking forward to the graduation ceremony, which has been pushed back to June,” Spence said. “I just finished up school last week, and I have a couple of part-time jobs going on, but I’m currently looking for an opportunity with a great company, and I’m excited for that next chapter going forward.”