02 Mar 2008

Jonathan Alvarado ’04 Receives Unsung Hero Award

Jonathan Alvarado ’04 was the recipient of the First Lt. Ron Winchester Unsung Hero Award at the Naval Academy Football Banquet on Friday, February 15, 2008. This award is presented to an unheralded senior recognized as an over achiever and role model as selected by a vote of his teammates.

"It was the most humbling experience of my life," Alvarado said. "The fact my teammates voted for me and the fact the award is named for a Navy football player who made the ultimate sacrifice, I don’t know if there could be a greater honor."

The award is named for First Lt. Ron Winchester who was an offensive lineman and 2001 Naval Academy graduate. After joining the Marines, Winchester served meritoriously as an infantry officer until he was killed on the battlefields of Al Anbar Province on September 3, 2004.

Alvarado, Eighth Company Commander and inside linebacker for the U.S. Naval Academy football team, has been a member of the team for all four years and earned a varsity letter this fall, playing in all 13 games. The highlight of his football career came in his senior year. Alvarado’s forced fumble on the goal line in the third quarter of the Army-Navy game was a key play, dashing any hope Army had of making a comeback.

‘I know for a fact that my success here at the Naval Academy has its foundation in my years at Catholic High, especially in the weight room and on the football field,’ commented Alvarado. ‘I feel that the award is a manifestation of everyone who has influenced me throughout the years, and Coach Weiner is definitely one of them.’

Following his graduation from the Naval Academy, Alvarado has service selected Marine Corps Grounds where he plans to fly combat helicopters or serve as an infantry officer.