College Football: Sanford honored for academic success

Former Aitkin Gobbler honored by National Football Foundation.

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Wyatt Sanford

MADISON, S.D. – Former Aitkin High School graduate Wyatt Sanford earned a spot in the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame (NFF) Honor Society, which is composed of college football players from all divisions of play who each maintained a cumulative 3.2 grade-point average or better throughout their college careers.

An elite group of 910 players from 255 schools qualified for membership in 2021, the Society's 15th year. The initiative has now honored 13,077 student-athletes since its inception.

Sanford, a 6-footer 190-pound. senior defensive back for Dakota State (South Dakota) Trojan football team, tallied 25 tackles and an interception in 2020.

Sanford finished his DSU career with 10 interceptions and returned them for a total of 180 yards. He also collected 123 career tackles. He is a North Star Athletic Association Scholar-Athlete for his academic success in the classroom.

Nominated by their respective schools, members of the NFF Hampshire Honor Society must have completed their final year of playing eligibility in the fall of 2020 or spring of 2021, attained a minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, met all NAIA-mandated progress toward degree requirement and been starters or significant contributors throughout the 2020-21 season.


Sanford is one of the 53 athletes from the NAIA division to be named to the 2021 NFF Hampshire Honor Society member list.

He is the son of Tom and Steff Sanford of Aitkin. He is a senior elementary education major at Dakota State University.

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