A month ago, Oregon offensive lineman Penei Sewell won the Outland Trophy which recognizes the nation's top interior lineman.
— Oregon Football (@oregonfootball) December 13, 2019
He became the first Oregon Duck and the first Polynesian football player to win the award.
In his emotional acceptance speech, he remembers talking to Coach Cristobal about winning the award and bringing it to Eugene.
I will never forget. It was right after fall camp, before the season started, [Cristobal] looked me in the eye and said 'Don't wait. Go get it this year.' Well coach, I'm here and I went and got it.
Sewell clearly adores his head coach: "The trust you have in me and the confidence you gave to me is the reason why I'm standing here. And I'm forever grateful for you. Forever thankful for the way you've treated me and my family. You are a man of your word."
But reading the quotes doesn't do his speech justice, watch it for yourself.
— Oregon Football (@oregonfootball) January 17, 2020
WATCH: Penei Sewell's emotional acceptance speech of the Outland Trophy originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest