Assumption University will confer its Christian Culture Award Gold Medal on Luke Willson, a player in the National Football League, in the spring.
Willson, a native of LaSalle, currently plays tight end for the Baltimore Ravens after stints with the Detroit Lions and Seattle Seahawks, with whom he won a Super Bowl in 2014.
Assumption principal John Cappucci called Willson “an inspiration to Christian youth” in a statement announcing the award.
“Luke is a faith-filled Roman Catholic who openly expresses his faith,” Dr. Cappucci wrote. “He oftentimes has referenced and credited his Catholic faith as his major reason for his success and navigation through his career.”
The award ceremony will begin with the formal presentation of the medal followed by a special lecture from Willson, at a date to be set.