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Boston Brindley of La Crosse Central selected to receive Jim Leonhard Award

11/16/2022, 2:00pm CST
By Travis Wilson

Wisconsin Sports Network and are proud to announce La Crosse Central's Boston Brindley as the 2022 recipient of the Jim Leonhard Award as the most outstanding senior defensive back in Wisconsin, part of the WSN Senior Football Awards.

Boston Brindley lives to pick off passes, as evidenced by his 16 interceptions in the last two years. That includes nine interceptions this season in 10 games, as he also had 40 tackles, two tackles for loss, and three forced fumbles. Brindley added more than 900 yards of offense as well.

"During the regular season, he was only targeted 23 times and allowed four completions," said head coach Mitchell Olson. "Throwing in his general direction meant that it was two times more likely that the ball would be intercepted than completed.

"His talents allowed us to use him in a variety of ways from taking away other teams' best receiver by playing man to basically shutting down one half of the field when he played zone coverage. He is the best defensive back I have ever coached and older coaches who have been here a long time think he's the best La Crosse Central has ever had."

Finalists for the award were Brindley, Anthony Corona of Wilmot, A.J. Courchaine of Bay Port, Dawson Goodman of Chippewa Falls, Carter Kriewaldt of Freedom, and Brock Salm of Appleton North.

Past winners of the award include Marquette's Michael Trotter (2009), Appleton North's Joe Makeever (2010), Edgar's Kyle Schueller (2011), Whitefish Bay's Jackson Weber (2012), Appleton North's Connor Rolain (2013), Kimberly's Bret Verstegen (2014), Marquette's Michael Crowley (2015), Monona Grove's Jarrett Maier (2016), Waunakee's Lucas Statz (2017), La Crosse Central's David Hayden (2018), Milwaukee Riverside's Amaun Williams (2019), Muskego's Hunter Wohler (2020), and Rice Lake's Alex Belongia (2021).

The award is named after Jim Leonhard, one of the most beloved players from the state of Wisconsin. Hailing from tiny Tony, Wisconsin and attending Flambeau High School, Leonhard was a two-time All-State selection. He walked-on at the University of Wisconsin, and quickly established himself as a leader and outstanding player. He started 39 games in his career, and his 21 career interceptions are tied for the most in Badger history and fourth in the Big Ten. He also broke the Big Ten punt return yardage record. Leonhard went undrafted, but hooked on with the Buffalo Bills before moving to the Baltimore Ravens, New York Jets, and Cleveland Browns. He returned as an assistant coach and eventually defensive coordinator at Wisconsin and is currently the interim head coach.

The voting panel for the WSN Senior Football Awards consisted of:  Travis Wilson, WSN General Manager and Head Football Writer;  Norbert Durst, WSN Content Manager; Dennis Semrau, ESPN Madison; Jonathan Krause, WSCO The Score 95.3 in Appleton; Jimmie Kaska, WEAU in Eau Claire; Dan Barwick, WSN Contributor; Colton Wilson, WSN Content Producer; Fan Vote

About the Author

Travis Wilson serves as the General Manager, Football Editor, and contributing writer for other parts of the site. Wilson was selected as part of the Sports 40 Under 40 list by Coach & AD Magazine and the National High School Athletic Coaches Association for 2019. The Wisconsin Football Coaches Association (WFCA) named Travis the 2015 recipient of the Dave McClain Distinguished Service Award. He currently serves on the WFCA Executive Board as the Website and Communications Director and is a member of the Executive Board of the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association. A graduate of Richland Center High School and Mount Mercy College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Travis was a three-sport athlete in high school (football, baseball, basketball) and currently resides in Reedsburg. You can follow him on Twitter at @travisWSN.

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