Sean Legister, Amherst College
Sean Legister graduated in 2011 after excelling at Amherst on the football field, on the track and in the classroom. The consummate student-athlete, Legister earned NESCAC All-Academic honors on three occasions was a member of the National Football Foundation Hampshire Honor Society, which is comprised of college football players from all divisions of play who each maintained a 3.2 GPA or higher.
Nominated for the College's Thomas H. Wyman 1951 Medal—awarded to the member of the senior class who best represents the highest standards in scholarship, athletics, and/or extracurricular activities, community service, integrity, character and humanism—Legister was active with Relay for Life, Friends of Jaclyn and several other affinity groups on campus. He completed internships at Octagon sports agency in Washington, D.C. and at Goldman Sachs in New York City before earning a double major in English and Black Studies.
In his four seasons in the Pioneer Valley, Legister played an integral role in the success of the Amherst football team, helping the squad post a 23-9 mark, including an undefeated 8-0 season in 2009. A consistent threat as a wideout, Legister amassed 52 catches, 542 yards and five touchdowns during his tenure in Purple and White. He also earned track & field All-Conference accolades as a sophomore, helping the men's 4x100 relay team to a third-place finish at the NESCAC Outdoor Championships.
"Sean was a major presence on campus," says Amherst football coach E.J. Mills. "When you talk about someone who brings together academics, athletics and community service, it's Sean. He is the absolute snapshot of what a liberal arts education can, and should, be."