Bradley Thompson recognized with National Football Foundation honor

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee Tech defensive lineman Bradley Thompson, a senior from Jamestown, Tenn., was one of seven collegiate players honored Tuesday night at the 43rd annual awards dinner held by the Middle Tennessee Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame.

Thompson, a senior out of York Institute, was Tech's 2009 winner of the Joe. C. Davis Collegiate Scholar-Athlete award, presented annually by the NFF. The son of Sandra and William Thompson, Bradley owns a 3.97 GPA in mechanical engineering. A three-year letterman, Thompson has not only been a mainstay on the field but has also been active representing Tech off the field in a variety of roles.

A member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), he is also a member of the Pi Tau Sigma, the national Mechanical Engineering Honor Society. A two-time OVC Academic Medal of Honor winner, he has been named to the OVC Commissioner's Honor Roll and the Tech Athletic Director's Honor Roll. He is a two-time Academic All-District pick by CoSIDA and ESPN the Magazine, and is a two-time FCS Athletic Director's Association Academic All-Star team pick. He was a 2008-09 OVC Scholar-Athlete.

"Bradley has outstanding leadership qualities and has the respect of teammates and coaches," said TTU head coach Watson Brown. "He has great work ethics, character and pride in what he does. He is an excellent student and one of the finest young men I have ever worked with."

Shown above are, from left, Tennessee Titan safety Colin Allred, Wes Elrod of the NFF, Thompson, linebacker David Thornton of the Titans, and OVC Commissioner Dr. Jon Steinbrecher, a member of the NFF board of directors.

In addition to the seven college players at the dinner, the NFF also recognized 55 high school student-athletes and presented several annual awards to a packed gathering at the Nashville Airport Marriott.