Eagle Cornerback Snares Scholar-Athlete Honor

Eagle Cornerback Snares Scholar-Athlete Honor

Ohio native surpasses gridiron achievements with academic work

By Reid Oslin
Staff Writer

Boston College's RaMon Johnson says he was gratified, but not especially surprised, to learn that he was the inaugural winner of the Big East Conference/Aeropostale Football Award as the league's top scholar-athlete.

RaMon Johnson, who earned his finance degree in three-and-a-half years and will receive an MBA in May, has been named to the Big East All-Academic team in each of the past two years.
"Playing football and going to class is something that I have been doing since the seventh grade," said the Carroll Graduate School of Management MBA candidate in a recent interview. "But this really means a lot to me and to my family."

As Big East Football's Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Johnson will receive a $2,000 scholarship for his graduate studies. The award is sponsored by Aeropostale, a specialty apparel retailer for young men and women.
This past season, Johnson served as tri-captain of the Eagles' Jeep Aloha Bowl championship squad. The cornerback from Warrensville Heights, Ohio, led the BC defense with 85 tackles, and for an encore topped all defenders with 12 tackles in the Eagles' 31-17 bowl victory over Arizona State on Christmas Day.

Johnson's accomplishments in the classroom, however, have exceeded even his on-field heroics.

He finished his undergraduate work in just three-and-a-half years and received a degree in finance from CSOM in December of 1999, having earned academic credits through the Options Through Education program prior to his freshman year. He also took summer school courses to accelerate his degree.

A knee injury kept Johnson out of action for the 1997 season but gained him an extra year of playing eligibility, which he turned into the opportunity to pursue a graduate degree. He expects to receive his MBA in May.

Johnson did not let the considerable time requirements of college football take away from the needs of a challenging academic schedule.

"I never took a light course load," he said proudly. "In fact, having a number of MBA courses at night during the fall semester made it a little bit easier to concentrate on my football schedule during the day." He has been named to the Big East All-Academic team in each of the past two years.

In addition to his football and academic involvement, Johnson also participated in the Tucker Anthony/Big East Challenge, in which teams of students from each of the 13 conference schools take part in a mock investment competition.

Johnson is hoping to be selected in next month's National Football League draft, but still plans to pursue a career in the financial world when his football days are over.


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