LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The Harding Bisons celebrated their Division II national championship win in style with a reception at the governor’s mansion on Monday.
Football players and team staff enjoyed a meal while discussing their impressive season, with Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders issuing a proclamation marking the day to celebrate the champs.
While congratulating the athletes, Sanders said as impressive as they are on the field, it’s their leadership on campus that truly makes a difference – an idea echoed by head coach Paul Simmons.
“I’ve been saying all year that most years, you have one or two guys who are that special leader,” Simmons said. “We probably have 20 guys on this team that would be the alpha, the very best leader most years. [They’re] just elite young men that really love each other, are committed, and worked at a really high level and that’s probably the biggest difference.”
In addition to the proclamation, the coach was also gifted a duck call by the governor in the hopes he’ll have some downtime to enjoy the great outdoors, while Simmons traded Sanders a national championship trophy for hosting.