Isenberg Hospitality and Tourism Management grad Jack Driscoll ’18 is joining the Philadelphia Eagles as a fourth-round draft pick. Driscoll garnered raves as an offensive guard during his undergraduate years at UMass and then at Auburn University, where he completed an MBA in finance while playing his final two years of varsity football.
At Isenberg, he distinguished himself academically and by graduating in three years—a rare accomplishment. According to HTM professor Rod Warnick, “Jack was the type of student athlete everyone would love to have in their program.” In Warnick’s class in leadership, Driscoll and his classmates attended corporate leadership academies at Hyatt, Mohegan Sun, Sodexo, and Marriott. “All were very impressed with his eagerness to learn and involvement in those academies,” Warnick recalls. “Jack was a leader, a dedicated student, and eager for bigger challenges, both academically and athletically.” Warnick tried his best to persuade Driscoll to stay at UMass, but in the end, overtures from Auburn, USC, Duke, Baylor, and other prestigious programs proved compelling.
At Auburn, the university nominated Driscoll for the Campbell Award, which Warnick describes as the academic version of the Heisman. In the nomination process, Warnick contributed a ringing letter of endorsement.
“We were honored to have Jack in our program and to see his success so soon after graduation,” Warnick remarks. “He is only 23 years old and now has the great challenge of making the Eagles team. All indications are that he has a great shot.”