On Saturday, December 10, Caleb Williams '21 became the first player from the Washington, D.C. region to win the Heisman Trophy. Below is a statement from Gonzaga President Father Joe Lingan, SJ '75 on Caleb's historic accomplishment:
The Gonzaga College High School Community offers our most sincere congratulations to Caleb and his parents on his reception of the Heisman Trophy. We are proud of the fine young man that he is and of what this accomplishment represents. Further, we continue to support and encourage him in his efforts on the football field and in his future pursuits in life.
Caleb and his parents embraced all that Gonzaga has to offer. He graduated as an integral community member who both contributed to and benefited from our extraordinary school. We remain proud of Caleb’s leadership both on and off the field, his charitable nature, and his gracious and humble character.
We appreciate that Caleb and the Williams family chose Gonzaga. They did so knowing and valuing everything that a Gonzaga education offers – rigorous academics, a deep tradition of faith and service, a strong and instructional athletic and extracurricular program, and a tremendous spirit and sense of community rooted in Ignatian values.
Once again, on behalf of the entire Gonzaga Community, CONGRATULATIONS CALEB! You will always be an Eagle! Continue to make us proud!
If you are on or around campus, you'll notice Gonzaga has honored Williams with a banner that hangs from Cantwell Hall on the corner of North Capitol Street and K Street. Enjoy this short video that captures the hanging of the banner and the excitement from Saturday's on-campus watch party, as well as Caleb's message of gratitude to Head Coach Randy Trivers and Gonzaga during his acceptance speech:
To watch a video of the Gonzaga Booster Club's watch party on Saturday night -- including the students' reaction when Caleb was announced as the winner -- click here
. You can also watch Caleb's entire acceptance speech via @USCathletics on YouTube here
as well as his appearance the next morning on Good Morning America here
The Catholic News Service published a nice story titled "Heisman winner is much loved, respected alum of D.C.-area Catholic schools" -- you can read it here
"Caleb has earned the honor of standing with some of the absolute greatest players to ever wear a football uniform," Coach Randy Trivers said. "His combination of exceptional athletic talent, relentless preparation and elite mental fortitude have been on display throughout his journey. However, his gusto, passion, and love for football, family and friends, fuel his phenomenal performance. Caleb is a living, breathing, walking, running, and throwing, beacon for men, women and children for others!"
To see some photos from the on-campus watch party, click here
Congratulations again, Caleb!