Nov. 27, 2008
Casey Gerald (Dallas, Texas), one of the most decorated Yale student-athletes in recent times, added another honor to his resume by being named the recipient of the New England Football Writers Association's annual Jerry Nason Award for senior achievement.
The Nason award, handed out at the Dec. 11 New England Sports Writer's Banquet in Wilmington, Mass., is presented to the senior football player in New England who has persevered against all odds to succeed in football. Gerald, a senior CB who just finished his four-year Yale Football career, overcame absentee parents, a tough neighborhood upbringing and expectations of a former NFL player's son to become a leader on and off the historical Class of 1954 Field at Yale Bowl.
His leadership status was cemented when Gerald, a finalist for the 2008 Draddy Award and a National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete, was asked to speak on behalf of all 15 candidates at the Dec. 9 dinner in New York City. That night the NFF announces the Draddy winner. He is also a Gates Millenium Scholar and a 2008 CoSIDA Academic All-District pick who has already been accepted at Harvard Business School for 2011.
Gerald, the first Bulldog to win the Nason Award since John Saunders in 1993, started Yale's last 30 games on defense and finished his career with 61 solo tackles and one interception.
Release filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director