Give for Gabby

Dear Warrior Football Family,

As you know, the WSU Football Players Association (FPA) is all about supporting Warriors Football, but more importantly, we are all about supporting Warriors in need. With that in mind, I wanted to share with you some information about a former football Warrior Matt Brown who needs our help.

Matt and his wife Heidi have a little girl named Gabby who is in the fight of her life in a brutal battle with leukemia. As you might imagine, this battle has consumed the Brown family, draining them emotionally, physically and financially. Below are a variety of links where you can learn more about Gabby, her battle with this horrific disease and the challenges the Brown’s face on a daily basis. 

This weekend, former Warrior football greats Carson Walch and Travis Walch are hosting a benefit youth football clinic, with all proceeds going to help Gabby and the Brown family. To further assist in that effort the FPA has started a Give for Gabby-GoFundMe campaign.

To get things started, I’ve personally contributed to this initiative and hope you’ll consider making a personal contribution as well. No amount is too small and every penny counts. This is NOT an FPA fundraising initiative. This is the FPA reaching out and taking the initiative to help a Warrior in need. Personal giving is a personal choice, so if you feel you can help, please add to the “Give for Gabby”-GoFundMe campaign. Please feel free to share this information with anyone and everyone who’s willing to listen and give. 

I’ve never personally met Matt, Heidi or Gabby, and chances are many of you haven’t either, but since we are all part of the same football family, it’s an opportune time to prove we really are “Warriors For Life”.

Thanks for your consideration.


Scott Opfer

President & Founder

WSU Football Players Association


Warriors Give Back

In March, the Warrior football team and coaching staff spread out in surrounding areas to help prepare for the flood of 2019. With the Mississippi cresting at nearly record levels the anticipation of flood damage around Winona is real. Warriors went to Fountain City, WI, our neighbors right across the river, and also to some private homes near Alma,WI. Warriors will continue the watch and stand on alert if more help is needed in Winona and around the region.The Warriors strive to take care of the community that continues to take care of them!

Thank you to Chops Hancock for the images below documenting the work of the Warriors and all who came out to help the community prepare.

Check out the video recap created by Porch Front Studios on our facebook page! 


Warrior Football Announces 2019 Recruiting Class

Winona State University head football coach Tom Sawyer has announced the addition of 16 student-athletes for the 2019 recruiting class that will be on campus next fall to join the Warriors on the gridiron.

"We're very excited about this class because we were able to address the areas of our three biggest needs," coach Sawyer said. "We added speed at the receiver position, particularly with the addition of Sawyer Maly, size on the offensive line with a trio of 300-pound lineman, and a Division I transfer in Zach Taylor from Western Michigan to join our defensive line."

A complete list of incoming Warriors who have signed their National Letters of Intent can be found below.