MEDFORD - Senior running back Chance Brady of the Tufts University football team was unanimously selected as the recipient of the New England Football Writers Association (NEFWA) Division II-III Gold Helmet Award for the 2016 season.
The honor tabs Brady as the New England Player of the Year in Divisions II and III as voted by members of the NEFWA. He will receive the honor at the organization's Awards and Captains Banquet to be held at Montvale Plaza in Stoneham on Thursday, December 8, 2016.
Brady is the third Tufts football player to receive this prestigious honor, and the first since 1988. Previous honorees were defensive lineman Mark Buben in 1978, quarterback Chris Connors in 1979 and running back Paul Dresens in 1988. The award has been presented each year since 1974.
In addition to receiving the season Gold Helmet, Brady was also one of three running backs named to the 2016 NEFWA Division II/III All-New England Team. He earned that accolade for the second consecutive season. The Tufts tri-captain was a two-time NEFWA Gold Helmet weekly honoree during the 2016 season.
With 19 touchdowns (114 points) in eight games this season, Brady leads New England in scoring with 14.3 points pger game. That number currently ranks fourth among all DIII players. He had 17 rushing touchdowns and two scoring receptions. The 17 TDs on the ground are tied for 12th nationally.
Brady rushed for a Tufts single-season record 1,099 yards in 2016 for a per-game average of 137.4 yards that ranks 11th nationally. He topped 150 rushing yards four times in eight games this fall.
Also this year, Brady was selected as the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Offensive Player of the Year for the second straight season. He will also receive the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston's New England DIII Player of the Year honor.
Head coach Jay Civetti's Jumbos finished 7-1 for their best season since 1998 this year. They finished in sole possession of second place in the NESCAC.