A communication major, Grassman has a 3.2 grade point average. The Johnstown, Ohio native started every game of the 2016 season and of his 4-year career as Buffalo's long snapper. He added a pair of tackles on the year.
The National Football Foundation honored 1,089 players in 2017 - a new high water mark, eclipsing the previous record of 882 honorees in 2016. The 297 schools with members broke the previous record of 280 in both 2015 and 2016. The initiative has honored 7,723 student-athletes since its inception, and the program has experienced growth every year in either members or school participation since its launch in 2007.