A huge honour for University of Waterloo Warriors quarterback Tre Ford.
On Thursday evening at the Vanier Cup gala in Quebec City, Ford was presented with the Hec Crighton trophy. It goes to the most outstanding player in U SPORTS football.
It also marks the first time a football player from UW has won the award.
Ford finished in the top 10 of both passing and rushing in the country.
The Recreation and Leisure student completed 118 of 186 passes (63.4%), throwing for over 1,400 yards and 10 touchdowns.
“Winning the Hec Crighton award as National Player of the Year cements Tre's legacy in Warriors football history as arguably the greatest of all-time," said Waterloo head coach Chris Bertoia.
"Tre is a trailblazer. With this award he is the first Waterloo Warrior to ever win it, and he is the first Black quarterback to ever win it. I'm so proud of his perseverance and determination. It's been an honour to have the opportunity to coach Tre. He is a tremendous person, quarterback, and teammate. He can and will be successful in whatever he puts his mind to. Our team, coaching staff, and football alumni can't wait to see what is next for Tre."
Ford also just recently won his second straight OUA MVP award.
He was ranked ninth in the CFL Scouting Bureau's fall rankings and the top quarterback on that list.
- With files from Mark Pare