All-American Football Player
April 25, 2011:
Monday, September 21, 2009
Six former Menlo College student-athletes were selected to enter the Menlo College Athletics Hall of Fame by the Selection Committee at the athletic department's Ninth Annual Golf Tournament & Fundraiser in April. The Inductees of 2009 include football standout Mark Speckman, who was born without hands and travels the country as a motivational speaker; Heather Hoffman-Galuteria, the first ever women's basketball inductee; record-breaking football pass-and-catch combo Zamir Amin and Nate Jackson; Brooke Richardson, the only volleyball player to have her jersey retired; and former PGA Tour golfer Al Geiberger.
The six-member group was inducted during Menlo's Homecoming festivities on Oct. 2-3, at the Oaks football game versus Northwest Conference foe Linfield. This year's group raised the number of inductees to 140 with the number of football players or coaches in the Menlo College Athletics Hall of Fame to 59.
The inclusion of quarterback Zamir Amin (1999-2001) and wide receiver Nate Jackson (1999-2001) was a foregone conclusion by the time the duo graduated from Menlo. During the 2000 and 2001 seasons the tandem put Menlo football on the map, setting national records as the Oaks earned their highest national ranking ever. Amin still holds the all-time NCAA record for passing yards in a game with 731 against California Lutheran in 2000 when he led NCAA Div. III in total yards for the season. Entering last season, Amin was ranked in the top 10 in ten different game, season and career categories at the Div. III level while among the top 30 in the NCAA in six categories. The star signal-caller closed out his career by being named an All-American in 2001 with a vise grip on Menlo's passing records.