Cooperstown senior football co-captain Jacob Miller earned recognition from the local chapter of the National Football Hall of Fame during its 13th annual awards dinner, which took place Jan. 27 at Turning Stone Resort.
Miller was one of 64 Section Three football players honored at the dinner as scholar-athletes. Each honoree received a $500 scholarship funded by the National Football Hall of Fame. Six area college football players also earned scholarships.
Miller attended the event with his family, fellow senior co-captain Kevin Segit, head coach Mark Segina, assistant coach Kyle Van Vlack, and athletic director Monica Wolfe.
“I am extremely proud of all that Jacob has accomplished, both on the field but more importantly with his outstanding academic record,” Segina said. “He is such an active and accomplished student-athlete and it never ceases to impress me just how hard he works.
“I’m going to miss his contributions on the field, his leadership, and him personally as he goes off to college,” he continued. “I’m positive he will be a success in whatever career path he chooses.”
Segina also announced last Monday that Miller was one of six Cooperstown players named to the Center State Conference Class D East All-Stars. Strong safety Miller joined junior tackle Cullen Rathbone on the Second Team for defense. Junior free safety Lucas Lyons made the First Team on defense.
Fullback Segit was a first-teamer for the offensive All-Stars, which featured junior halfback Lucas Lyons and junior lineman Ben Carentz on the Second Team.
“Each of these young men did an exceptional job all season and are very deserving of this honor,” said Segina, whose Redskins went 1-7 this past fall. “They played with passion and consistently made good things happen on the football field.”