Senior Jordan Seiden, a linebacker on Moreau's varsity football team, has been selected as a scholar-athlete from the Northern California Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame. He is one of 24 honorees from public and private high schools in 12 Northern California counties.
The scholar-athletes are selected by committees consisting of educators, high school sports officials and sportswriters based upon the student's leadership, football talent, and community involvement. Each recipient also receives a $1,000 college scholarship. Seiden plans to attend San Diego State University as a business administration major.
"This is the highest honor a high school football player can receive and Jordan is very deserving of this award," varsity football coach Andrew Cotter said. "A football team needs an intelligent, quick-thinking player to play linebacker and Jordan filled that spot perfectly."
Seiden transferred to Moreau Catholic in January of 2016 when his former school dropped its varsity football program. He said he was looking for a school that would challenge him both in the classroom and on the field, and Moreau was the perfect fit.
As a junior, Seiden was selected as the MVAL Defensive Player of the Year, and earned first team All-League honors both his junior and senior year. Seiden averaged 8.5 tackles a game his senior year and in his junior year, he averaged 7.3 tackles per game. He also played fullback on offense, scoring a touchdown on one of two passes he received, and averaging 4.2 yards per carry.
"Jordan is a quiet-spoken young man who leads by example, and is extremely supportive of his teammates," Coach Cotter said. "He cares deeply about his team, his coaches, and his school, and wins with a quiet humility."
On the academic side, during his senior year, Seiden maintained a 3.78 GPA during football season, with a 3.51 cumulative GPA.
The 2017/2018 National Football Foundation Scholar-Athletes will be honored on Friday, March 2nd, at the 58th National Football Foundation Awards Dinner at the San Francisco Airport Marriott Hotel in Burlingame.