Robiskie: A wide receiver of academic honors

Success in the classroom is equally important as success on the athletic field for Brian Robiskie.

A Fisher marketing major with a 3.5 grade point average, Robiskie, who is a wide receiver for the Buckeyes, was selected among 15 of the nation’s best and the brightest scholar-athletes from the college gridiron. He was chosen from a pool of 164 semifinalists for the academic honors from the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics divisions.

“One of the reasons I wanted to come to Ohio State was for the academic program, especially opportunities offered in Fisher College of Business. I have not regretted it,” said Robiskie, who will learn in December if he will receive the Draddy Trophy as the 2008 National Scholar-Athlete winner awarded by the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame (NFF).

The NFF's National Scholar-Athlete program, launched in 1959, is recognized as the first and most prestigious initiative in the history of college sports to honor football players for their combined athletic ability, academic success and civic leadership.

“It’s an exceptional honor for Brian to be recognized as one of the top 15 scholars in all of college football, but it’s also a great honor for Ohio State as the type of world-class university where a young person can excel in his chosen field,” said Jim Tressel, head coach of the Buckeye football team.

A recipient of several academic honors, including Academic All-American and Ohio State’s first ever finalist for the Arthur Ashe Sports Scholar of the Year, Robiskie is passionate about his academic career and the education he is receiving at Fisher.

“I actually go to class excited to see what we will be learning next,” he said. “I recommend Fisher College to as many people as I can – it’s an amazing place and I am so thankful for my time there.”

Tressel said he too has observed first-hand Robiskie’s enthusiasm for education. “His excitement in learning, in the classroom and in the football setting, is a passion I would hope all college students would find,” Tressel said.

Tressel also spoke highly of Fisher’s program and the support given to Robiskie. “The professors and staff at Fisher have given Brian great insights and opportunities, challenging him as a future businessman and entrepreneur.”