Joe Russell '17 is Football Honors Scholar Athlete

Congratulations to senior Joe Russell who was named a Minnesota Football Honors Scholar Athlete. Criteria for the honor includes academic excellence, leadership, and community involvement. This award is given to only eight high school scholar athletes from across the state.

Joe will be recognized at the 10 year anniversary of the Minnesota Football Honors on Sunday, May 7, at U.S. Bank Stadium. The event, presented by the Minnesota Vikings, is slated to celebrate the best of Minnesota football and is open to the public. For additional information, visit the Minnesota Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame website

Russell closed out his prep career with a Class 6A state title last fall and earned All-State and All-District recognition in the process. The Eagles’ team captain and MVP went on to be named Defensive Player of the Game in the Minnesota Football Showcase. Russell was a two-year starter at safety and wide receiver. He recorded 60 tackles and four interceptions before earning All-Metro honors as a senior. He was also a track and field captain and played basketball for two years.

Russell earned Academic All-State accolades as a constant on Totino-Grace’s “A” honor roll. He takes honors classes and participates in National Honor Society. Russell intends to study mechanical engineering at the University of Minnesota, where he will continue his football career with the Gophers.

In the community, Russell’s volunteer efforts have included work with elementary school children, Feed My Starving Children and youth football camps. He went on a weeklong mission trip to El Paso, Texas, and also participated in a two-day mission in Minneapolis.

Joe joins three previous Totino-Grace Eagles in receiving this prestigious honor. Past award winners include Joe Novitzki '09, Gabe Mezzenga '10, and Josh Sitarz '14.

Joe has committed to the University of Minnesota Gophers as a Division I preferred walk on. 


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