After Clemson’s win against Alabama Monday night Springfield Native Christian Wilkins is now a two-time national champion.
Standing at 6 ft. 4in. 315 pounds Christian Wilkins is a big presence on the field, but after speaking with his coach, he’s made an even bigger impact on his friends and family.
Congratulations @cwilkins42 ’15! 🐾@CFBPlayoff #NationalChampions Thank you for letting your Suffield family take this journey with you! #tigerpride #tigerforlife #eyeofthetiger #essequamvideri #suffieldacademy #jointhepride #KASA #suffieldforlife pic.twitter.com/b7lFbGVpZD— Suffield Academy (@SuffieldAcademy) January 8, 2019
Clemson’s 44-16 victory against Alabama Monday night was Christian’s second National Championship. Before he was a Senior captain standout at Clemson, he was a Springfield native who played football at Suffield Academy where he led the team to 4 consecutive bowl championships.
This season Christian won the William V. Campbell Award which is given to the player with the best combination of academics, community service, and on-field performance.
“Obviously a very talented athlete who’s going to have an opportunity to play football on Sundays going forward,” said Suffield Academy Head Football Coach Andrew Gamere. “I always start with his character, great leader, humble and makes all those around him better.”
Christian graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in less than two and a half years and earlier this month he graduated with his Master’s.
As his former coach said Christian’s career on the gridiron is far from over. He will now spend time with his family and then prepare for the NFL Draft.