MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Brady White has accomplished many things and set many “firsts” in his career as a Memphis Tiger Quarterback. Now, his latest “first” means he’s the Best in the Whole Country.
White named the Winner of the William V. Campbell Trophy.
It’s the top scholar-athlete award in the nation, presented by the National Football Foundation, and Mazda.
Also known as the “Academic Heisman,” the Campbell Trophy goes to the player who presents the best combination of on-field performance, academic excellence and community service.
He’s, not only the first Tiger ever, but the first player from the American Athletic Conference, to win this award.
White’s exploits under center almost too numerous to name. They include more than 10,000 yards passing, 90 touchdowns and 28 wins for his career. All U of M records.
After earning an undergrad degree in business, plus a master’s, he’s pursuing a doctoral degree in liberal studies with a 3.56 GPA and still manages to spend time with kids at LeBonheur Children’s Hospital.
After starting with a pool of 199 semifinalists, National Football Foundation President Jack Ford says the committee was beaming in its praise of White’s accomplishments.
“We got to our 12 finalists. And, this is not to diminish in any way their accomplishments, but Brady immediately rose to the top,” said Ford. “We often find ourselves in the midst of conversations about, ‘this one was fabulous. This one was more fabulous. Where do we go?’ But, I can say to you that, very quickly, we all looked at ourselves and said, ‘Brady White is our Campbell Trophy winner.”
White says he’s humbled by the honor.
”You know, at the beginning of the season, I really wanted to be a part. It means a lot to me to finally hear the good news, and know that I’m the winner of this,” he said. “I can’t be more honored, and more blessed, and more grateful to represent this prestigious award, and to be welcomed into this special fraternity.”
Peyton Manning and Tim Tebow are also Campbell Trophy winners.
White says he’s about halfway through his Ph.D. program but will take time to pursue a career in the NFL.
The Academic Heisman not only comes with a hefty 25-pound trophy but also with a $25,000 cash award.