Shelton's Ryan Kudej feted by National Football Foundation

Shelton football player Ryan Kudej with parents David and Vivian, scholar athlete chairman Kevin O'Brien and Shelton coach Mike DeFelice was honored by the Casey-O'Brien New Haven County Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame.

Shelton football player Ryan Kudej with parents David and Vivian, scholar athlete chairman Kevin O'Brien and Shelton coach Mike DeFelice was honored by the Casey-O'Brien New Haven County Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame.

Casey-O'Brien New Haven County / Contributed photo

Shelton’s Ryan Kudej was recognized by the Casey-O'Brien New Haven County Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame for his work on the field and in the classroom.

This is the 61st consecutive year that players were honored for their academic excellence, leadership, and citizenship.

Since 1962 the chapter has honored 1,283 scholar athletes from its 33 member schools.

"We couldn't deny worthy candidates of this prestigious honor just because they didn't play football this past fall,” Bill O'Brien chapter president said. "Unfortunately, last year we had to cancel the awards dinner two weeks before it was scheduled. It was very disappointing for us, the scholar athletes, and their parents.”

O'Brien polled the coaches and athletic directors of the chapter’s schools. He said they overwhelmingly thought it was a great idea to carry on the tradition.

A short reception was held at the Floyd Little Athletic Center the end of April for the award presentations.

"We were pleased to honor another group of outstanding young men for their accomplishments in the classroom, their school and the community,” O'Brien said.