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Mike Gesicki Receives National Football Foundation's South Jersey Chapter Player of the Year Award

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Mike Gesicki speaking at National Football Foundation Dinner Credits: Chuck Donohue, SRHS Athletic Direictor
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Mike with his high school coach Chuck Donohue Sr. Credits: Chuck Donohue, SRHS Athletic Direictor
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Mike and Southern AD Chuck Donohue Jr. Credits: Chuck Donohue, SRHS Athletic Direictor
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GALLOWAY, NJ - NFL Draft Prospect, Penn State and Southern Regional Alum Mike Gesicki was honored on Sunday, March 11 by the South Jersey Chapter of the National Football Foundation Network's annual dinner at the Carriage House in Galloway Township.  

Gesicki was honored as South Jersey's College Football Player of the Year.   

Mike was honored at the breakfast and spent some time with Southern head coach Chuck Donohue and Southern's Director of Athletics Chuck Donohue, Jr., among many others. 

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This is a prestigious award presented by the National Football Foundation which operates the College Football Hall of Fame among other worthy endeavors. 

Gesicki had a tremendous career at Penn State and in the last few weeks showed off his athletic prowess at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.  NFL coaches and management were greatly impressed with Mike's performance at the combine.  

The 6 foot, 5 inch tight end was the top tight end in athletic skills at the combine.  Michael placed first in six of the seven workout disciplines for tight ends..

Gesicki had the highest vertical jump (41.5 inches) among all combine invitees through Saturday, beating former teammate Saquon Barkley by ½-inch.

Here are Mike's results at the combine:

  • 40-yard dash: 4.54 seconds (T-1st).
  • Vertical jump: 41.5 inches (1st).
  • Broad jump: 10-9 (1st).
  • 60-yard shuttle: 11.33 seconds (1st).
  • 20-yard shuttle: 4.1 seconds (1st).
  • 3-cone drill: 4.1 seconds (1st).
  • Bench press: 22 reps (2nd).

The National Football Foundation's mission is to promote and develop the power of amateur football in developing the qualities of leadership, sportsmanship, competitive zeal and the drive for academic excellence in America's young people.

By inspiring young people to excellence: holding up the greatest players and coaches in the history of the game as role models and enshrining them and their achievements in the College Football Hall of Fame.  The organization seeks to promote the sport of football and the character of the athletes who compete in the sports.  The Foundation desires to honor student athletes who excel. 

The South Jersey group is part of the grassroots movement which includes many local chapters, and they emphasize the involvement of football fans, coaches, educators, the media and former players to fulfill their mission. 

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