In 2014, Duke University senior David Helton '11 won the prestigious William V. Campbell Trophy® that has been presented since 1990 to the nation's top scholar-athlete in college football.
Nicknamed the "Academic Heisman," the award recognizes academic as well as athletic performance and community involvement and has become the most prestigious and desirable academic award in college football. The trophy recognizes an individual as the absolute best in the country for his academic success, football performance and exemplary leadership.
Ranked among the best student-athletes in Duke history, Helton maintained a 3.64 GPA, was All-ACC, Academic All-American, and a winner of the Jim Tatum Award, given to the best football student-athlete in the Atlantic Coast Conference. From his linebacker position, Helton led the ACC in tackles during both his junior and senior seasons, finishing with 347 tackles for his career.
Helton now manages finance and operations at Agathos, a digital healthcare startup.
The National Football Foundation recently posted a series of Q&A interviews with past winners of the award. Click here or on the logo below to read Helton's commentary on what winning the Campbell Trophy meant to him, what motivated him on the field, some personal fun facts, and more.