Waco, Texas - December 10, 2018 - Springfield College senior Nick Giorgio (Cumberland, R.I.) capped off his collegiate career with a historic honor as he earned a second-consecutive American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Division III Coaches' All-America Team recognition.
In the storied history of the Springfield College football program, Giorgio is just the third student-athlete to ever earn back-to-back All-America recognition from the AFCA, which has selected an All-America team every year since 1945. Max Nacewicz '16 took home the the honor in 2014 and 2015 as a linebacker, while Jack Quinn '80, was honored in 1978 and 1979 as a dominant strong safety. Giorgio is only the second defensive end to ever play at Springfield College and earn AFCA All-America honors, joining Jamie McGourty, who was chosen in 1996.
The Business Management Major was one of only eight players this year from across the country to earn the recognition in consecutive years as Springfield ranks ninth among all Division III programs with 14 student-athletes earning AFCA All-America recognition a total of 17 times.
Following a sensational senior season, Giorgio cemented himself as one of the dynamic defensive players to ever wear a Springfield College football jersey. One of 13 semifinalists for the Gagliardi National Player of the Year Trophy, Giorgio has received a number of postseason honors this season, including the Gridrion Club of Greater Boston's Division II/III New England Defensive Player of the Year and the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Defensive Athlete of the Year. He totaled 82 tackles, including 29 tackles-for-loss and 14 sacks, to go along with four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, and two blocked kicks. He ranks second among all active college football players for career tackles-for-loss per game (1.91), is the Division III active leader for career forced fumbles (9), while his 82 tackles was the third most for a defensive end in Division III football this year.