Winton receives Challenger Award
Published 12:00 pm Tuesday, January 12, 2016
T.R. Miller junior quarterback Caleb Winton was recently honored as the Challenger Award winner for 2015 at the 47th Annual Challenger Banquet at Pensacola’s First Baptist Church.
The award, given by the Pensacola-area Fellowship of Christian Athletes, is presented to a player from all participating schools, as voted upon by their respective teammates. It is given to the player who exemplifies the ideals of FCA, including Christian character on and off the field, as well as leadership, integrity, sportsmanship and academic achievement.
“Caleb is a great example of what the Challenger Award is all about,” said TRM head coach Jamie Riggs. “His commitment to his team, school and teammates is steadfast. His toughness and effort are exemplary.”
Winton helped lead the Tigers to a 10-3 season and a spot in the third round of the playoffs, a season which included helping Coach Riggs win his 300th game. He completed 64 percent of his passes, throwing for nearly 1,900 yards and 15 touchdowns and was named to The Brewton Standard’s All-County Team as a quarterback.
In the classroom, he holds a 4.4 GPA in the Honors Program and is third in his class. He serves as an officer in TRM’s FCA Huddle, and was also chosen this year as a representative to the Brewton Chamber of Commerce Leadership team. As well, he has served with the Student Government Association as a class officer on campus and has been a Rotary Club Student of the Year recipient.
Winton is a member of First Baptist Church, where he is an active member of the student ministry and has served in mission opportunities both locally and internationally.
“I think it speaks volumes that 60 of his teammates would vote him for this award,” Coach Riggs said. “All those who know Caleb, or spend any time with him, notice that his walk of faith is important to him. He does it daily with a Christian character that is evident to his team, community and his church.”