The Christian Brothers community mourns the loss of former CB football player and Talon Staff Writer Spencer Webb ‘18, who lost his life July 13th, 2022 at the age of 22. His love for football was rooted on the CB football field and carried out his career as an Oregon Duck. As we grieve over […]
The Christian Brothers community mourns the loss of former CB football player and Talon Staff Writer Spencer Webb ‘18, who lost his life July 13th, 2022 at the age of 22. His love for football was rooted on the CB football field and carried out his career as an Oregon Duck. As we grieve over his passing, we look at the beautiful memories he created here on campus.
Webb changed the face of CB football when he transferred from River City in 2016. Spencer was known for his smile and great attitude on and off the field. Former defensive player Jake Regino’s ‘18 fondest memories of Spencer includes watching him get ready for games — clearly Webb’s sense of humor was contagious on and off the field.
“In the locker room, Spence was just his normal goofy self,” Jake recalls. “But Spence always had to look good before he could go out on the field. He was kind of a diva when it came to how he looked because he knew pictures were going to be taken. He was just the contagious smile for the team that made everybody relax and have fun while playing the game.”
During his time at CB, he was rated number one tight end in California by ESPN and 247 sports and as one of thetop 30 players in California.
“He was a freak athlete on the field that was really special to play with,” Jake says.
His coaches also were mesmerized by his talent. “6’4, goofy kid, who was always smiling and had positive energy,” stated CB Head Football Coach Mr. Larry Morla ‘08. “He was a great athlete and always made one handed catches which was his specialty. He scored 25 touchdowns in a season, which is a Christian Brothers record,”
After Spencer graduated, he continued to keep up with Christian Brothers football and became a huge role model for the current football team. Landon Howard (‘23) enjoyed spending quality time with Spencer on the field.
“I would say my fondest memory of Spencer was when he came to the school during finals week and hung out with us on the field, ran routes with us, and just spent time with us sharing laughs and having a good time.”
On August 19th the Christian Brothers community came together to watch our players hit the field. The bleachers were filled with fans wearing green in honor of Spencer. And a special guest came onto the field — Spencer’s older brother Cody walked onto the field holding Spencer’s jersey. There were tears throughout the crowd as we took a moment of silence thinking about the friend, role model, and inspiration we have lost. The football players also had shirts made with Spencer’s last name and number on the back of the shirt and a spider — a reference to Spencer’s nickname — on the sleeve. In addition, they now have a spider sticker on their helmets for this season.
Spencer wasn’t just loved on the field, but also in the classroom. English teacher Mrs. Maureen Wanket reflected on her time with Spencer when she had him in summer school. Spencer wasn’t confident in the education he received before he came to CB, but Mrs. Wanket always reassured him of his abilities.
“Spencer was known to raise his hand even when she didn’t ask a question—he simply wanted to say hi.”
Spencer’s passing was especially difficult for Mrs. Wanket. She adores every one of her students and Spencer had a special place in her heart. With tears in her eyes she reminds Christian Brothers to “say yes to life” because life can be taken away at any moment.
Spencer Webb will always be a part of the CB family. His legacy will live on forever and Christian Brothers will make sure of that. Christian Brothers has decided to create a scholarship in Spencer’s honor for an incoming freshman student. This is such a beautiful opportunity for a new student and we know Spencer would be incredibly proud. Hug your friends and family, cherish each day, live life to the fullest and like Spencer once said, “play every game like it’s your last.”