NFF Team Of Distinction

Oregon’s 2020 Team of Distinction Nomination

Gabriel Tambellini

Gabriel Roy Tambellini

OL/LB, Rogue River Junior/Senior High School in Rogue River, Oregon. Submitted by the NFF Oregon Chapter.

  • 4.00 GPA
  • Two-year team captain, first team all-state and league defensive player of the year
  • Valedictorian
  • National Honor Society member
  • Took first place in state science fair

From a pool of 3,500 scholar-athletes, the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) announced today the 83 members of the 2020 NFF Team of Distinction. As part of its mission to promote the scholar-athlete ideal, the initiative allows the NFF to honor the top high school scholar-athletes from around the country as the best and the brightest at the local level while highlighting the work of the NFF Chapter Network.

The members of the team all played their final high school football season during the 2019-20 school year. As part of the award, all of the honorees will be part of a permanent digital display at the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta.

Criteria to make the team include but are not limited to academic achievement, athletic accolades and community involvement. Each chapter is limited to one honoree, distinguishing them as the top scholar-athlete from all the high schools covered by the chapter.

“This initiative allows us to shine a national spotlight on some of the most deserving high school student-athletes honored at the local level by our expansive Chapter Network,” said NFF Chairman Archie Manning. “This honor is one of the most prestigious national awards that a high school player can receive, and it really brings into focus the phenomenal work that our chapters do in identifying the most outstanding young leaders in their communities. We would like to congratulate all 83 honorees, holding them out as examples for future generations to emulate.”