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Driller Receives National Honor, Special Visitor

Bakersfield High School senior, Ryan Crowley, was awarded the U.S. Army Pro Football Hall of Fame Award for Excellence in front of a standing room only crowd, on the campus of BHS Tuesday, April 25, 2017.

Crowley’s tremendous accomplishments athletically and academically were shared with the enthusiastic group of family, friends, BHS administrators, and staff, as well as officials with the U.S. Army and National Football League Hall of Fame member Marshall Faulk.

Ryan Crowley and Marshall Faulk

Faulk praised Crowley’s dedication and shared a heartfelt message of encouragement including the importance of being truthful to yourself and never allowing others to define your success.

“Live your life with integrity, meaning, and courage.  Be committed and follow the Hall of Fame values of excellence.  Be respectful and care about the person next to you.” – Marshall Faulk, NFL Hall of Fame

Ryan Crowley spoke graciously about his family, teammates, teachers, and staff at BHS, thanking them all for keeping him going, pushing him, and encouraging him to follow his dreams.

“I am incredibly blessed to have this opportunity.  I tried my best and it has been an amazing experience.” – Ryan Crowley, Award for Excellence winner

Crowley is heading to Stanford University where he will be studying applied math and science. His career plans include becoming a doctor.

BHS Principal, David Reese and Counselor, Tiffani Alvidrez, were also recognized for their leadership and dedication to their students.

  Ryan and parents

Crowley’s parents had kind words for their son and his experience at BHS. 

 “We are super proud of his academic and athletic accomplishments.  He has been very involved.” – Jeff Crowley, Ryan’s father

“Bakersfield High School has done a tremendous job recognizing kids and giving students the opportunity to recognize their dreams.” – Sarah Crowley, Ryan’s mother

This marks the fifth year of the elite U.S. Army Pro Football Award for Excellence program highlighting the outstanding achievements of student athletes in the classroom and in the community.  Crowley is one of only 25 honorees selected nationwide.  He and his family will travel to Canton, Ohio in August for the 2017 Hall of Fame Induction where one national winner will be named out of the 25 finalists.

 Signs wishing Ryan well