Grant Rushing of Glenbrook North was recently named the Chicago Bears High School All-Star of the Week.
Rushing ran for 295 yards on 16 carries and scored five touchdowns in Glenbrook North's victory over Lane Tech on August 31. The senior running back set the tone early when he broke loose for a 68-yard score on the third play of the game. Rushing also plays safety and returns punts for the Spartans.
“The Lane Tech game was my best career day in terms of stats, and I credit that all to my line men. Without them I wouldn’t have been able to find the holes that I did, and I thank them for that,” he said. “I'm proud of my team and I'm proud of myself. It's the best feeling in the world to walk off the field with a win.”
Rushing is a senior at GBN and this is his third year on varsity. Some of his past accolades include being named CSL North Player of the Year, All Conference and Offensive MVP.
“This season, I hope we win conference, make the playoffs and go as far as we can,” Rushing said. “I'll be thankful if I achieve any other personal achievements, but I just want to keep winning football games for the boys and make our community proud.”
The Spartans are scheduled to play a home game against Skokie's Niles North Vikings on Friday, Sept. 28 at 7:00 p.m.
Each week for nine weeks, an outstanding high school football player will be selected through the Bears High School All-Stars program. Each of the nine players will have the opportunity to direct a $1,000 monetary donation to the youth football program of their choice.
In addition, the nine players will be guests of the Bears and the Illinois Army National Guard at the Bears vs. Seahawks game on Sunday, December 2 and will be recognized during an on-field ceremony. The nomination criteria for the program include on-field performance, community involvement and good sportsmanship.
“Being named Chicago Bears Player of the Week is a huge honor for me. Since the end of last season, I was anxious to get back on the field, and I took that drive into the weight room in hopes of improving my performance. Fortunately, that time I spent is paying off,” Rushing said. “More importantly, I cannot express how proud I am of my team. Without them and my line, I would not be able to do the things I do.
The Bears High School All-Stars program, which is sponsored by the Illinois Army National Guard, will run from August 27 through October 22. Deserving high school players are nominated by a panel of local prep authorities, and the winning player is selected each week.
In addition to the Bears High School All-Stars being honored at the Bears vs. Seahawks game on December 2, all eight IHSA football state champion teams will be recognized at this game. The Chicago Bears, in partnership with the Illinois High School Association and the Illinois Army National Guard, will invite representatives from each team to the game, and a special recognition of their state titles will take place during halftime.