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Gagliardi Trophy goes back to Collegeville

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St. John's linebacker Carter Hanson, flanked by his parents, holds the 2016 Gagliardi Trophy.
Photo by Steve Frommell, d3photography.com

Carter Hanson was named winner of the 2016 Gagliardi Trophy on Wednesday night, Dec. 14, in Salem, Va., as part of the festivities surrounding Stagg Bowl XLIII.

Hanson, a linebacker from St. John's, beat out other finalists in Monmouth linebacker Matt Barnes, Coe running back Trevor Heitland and Linfield quarterback Sam Riddle to take home the trophy.

Hanson is just the second defensive player to win the award. The first was Rocky Meyers, Wesley strong safety, who took home the honor in 2004.

"Football is just a game, but that game teaches you so much about life, how to conduct yourself, how to battle through adversity and keep pushing forward," Hanson said afterward. "When you take that, the classroom, the community, where my parents taught me growing up that you had to do your part in all aspects of life, I just kept that mentality."

Hanson, a D3football.com All-Region awardee in 2016 and a 2015 D3football.com All-America selection, has a 4.0 grade-point average as a global business leadership major at St. John's. 

The Gagliardi Trophy, given annually since 1993, recognizes excellence in athletics, academics and community service. The award is named after John Gagliardi, Saint John's legendary Hall of Fame head football coach, who retired after the 2012 season with 489 career victories, the most in college football history. 

Trevor Heitland was the runner-up in the voting. Linebacker Cory Ward of Hardin-Simmons was the winner of the fan voting, conducted on D3football.com.

The other Gagliardi Trophy semifinalists were UW-Whitewater defensive lineman John Flood, Alfred linebacker A.J. LiCata, Mary Hardin-Baylor safety/punter Baylor Mullins, Washington U. quarterback J.J. Tomlin, Ward and Hendrix running back Dayton Winn.

You can watch the archived broadcast below.

All-time Gagliardi Trophy winners

Mount Union players have won the Gagliardi Trophy seven times, while St. John's has won three times and Wesley twice. Here's the full list:

Year Player Pos. School
2016 Carter Hanson LB St. John's 
2015 Joe Callahan QB Wesley
2014 Kevin Burke QB Mount Union
2013 Kevin Burke QB Mount Union
2012 Scottie Williams RB Elmhurst
2011 Michael Zweifel WR Dubuque
2010 Eric Watt QB Trine 
2009 Blaine Westemeyer OL Augustana
2008 Greg Micheli QB Mount Union
2007 Justin Beaver RB UW-Whitewater
2006 Josh Brehm QB Alma
2005 Brett Elliott QB Linfield
2004 Rocky Myers SS Wesley
2003 Blake Elliott WR/RET St. John's
2002 Dan Pugh RB Mount Union
2001 Chuck Moore RB Mount Union
2000 Chad Johnson QB Pacific Lutheran
1999 Danny Ragsdale QB Redlands
1998 Scott Hvistendahl WR/P Augsburg
1997 Bill Borchert QB Mount Union
1996 Lon Erickson QB Illinois Wesleyan
1995 Chris Palmer WR St. John's
1994 Carey Bender RB Coe
1993 Jim Ballard QB Mount Union
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