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"Bears' Caleb Williams Shattered Coach's Wedding Ring with Throw


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Vince Carbonneau
May 1, 2024  (12:08)
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Caleb Williams at USC
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Chicago Bears fans are buzzing with excitement about their new quarterback, Caleb Williams, the top pick in the 2024 NFL Draft, hoping he's the key to securing the long-coveted Super Bowl victory. Interestingly, Williams has had some unique encounters with rings before, including an incident where he broke his high school coach's wedding ring with a powerful throw.

The event unfolded in 2018 at a Pennsylvania camp practice, where Williams, then a 16-year-old sophomore at Gonzaga College High School in Washington, D.C., showcased his impressive arm strength. Danny Schaechter, the offensive coordinator at the time, noticed his finger was bleeding midway through the practice. "I was puzzled at first," Schaechter shared with ESPN's Courtney Cronin. "Then I realized my wedding ring was split right in half." This occurred shortly after Williams had delivered a particularly forceful pass, which not only shattered the ring but also sliced Schaechter's finger.
Reflecting on the incident, Schaechter mentioned, "Now, I always remove my wedding ring before heading to the field—thanks to Caleb. He's the only one who's ever managed to break it."
This story highlights Williams' exceptional arm strength, a trait that earned him the Heisman Trophy at USC and stood out during the pre-draft evaluations. According to a CBS Sports scouting report, Williams draws comparisons to Patrick Mahomes for his dynamic play and versatility. "His dropback footwork is refined, his arm strength is superior, and he excels at making accurate throws across all areas of the field. Additionally, his ability to maneuver both inside and outside the pocket, as well as execute designed runs, sets him apart." Now, Williams is set to bring these skills to the NFL stage with the Chicago Bears.
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