SJ Student Named Gatorade CT Football Player of the Year

TRUMBULL—St. Joseph High School, southern Connecticut’s premier college preparatory school, is proud to share that The Gatorade Company has chosen SJ Junior, Jack Wallace as its 2019-2020 Gatorade Connecticut Football Player of the Year. Wallace is the first Gatorade Connecticut Football Player of the Year to be chosen from St Joseph High School.

The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Wallace as Connecticut’s best high school football player. Now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Football Player of the Year award to be announced in December, Wallace joins an elite group of past state football award-winners, including Emmitt Smith, Matthew Stafford, and Christian McCaffrey.

In addition to his football accolades, Wallace volunteers for fundraising campaigns toward research to combat breast cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. Wallace also maintains an A-minus average and represents one of the state’s top academic candidates in meeting the Gatorade award’s broad criteria.

The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that sanction high school football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, baseball, softball, and boys and girls track and field, and awards one National Player of the Year in each sport.

From the 12 national winners, one male and one female athlete are each named Gatorade High

School Athlete of the Year. In all, 607 athletes are honored each year. 

About St. Joseph High School

St. Joseph High School is the premier college preparatory school in Southern Connecticut. The school provides a learning environment that embraces the Gospel values of the Roman Catholic faith and promotes a commitment to family and community. SJHS prepares young women and men to realize their potential, helps them to excel in higher education, and provides a foundation to guide them throughout their lives. St Joseph High School is a member of NCEA, NAIS, NEAS&C.

About Gatorade Player of the Year

Since the program’s inception in 1985, Gatorade Player of the Year award recipients have won hundreds of professional and college championships, and many have also turned into pillars in their communities, becoming coaches, business owners and educators. To learn more about the Gatorade Player of the Year program, check out past winners or to nominate student-athletes, visit, on Facebook at or on Twitter at