Sunday, January 23, 2011

2010 Rudy Award Winner Chance Anthony of Breckinridge HS on Tonight's NHSCA Sports Hour

by Jeff Fisher
High School Football America

Just me at 6 P.M. EST for the latest edition of the National High School Coaches Association Sports Hour.

My co-host Trish Hoffman and I will be talking high school football, boys basketball and wrestling.

Joining us at the top of the show will be 2010 High School Rudy Award winner Chance Anthony of Breckinridge County High School in Kentucky. Anthony was a two-way starter on this year's football team in spite of the fact that he was born without the lower part of his right arm.

Also on the show will be former NFL quarterback Gus Frerotte, who was just hired as the head football coach at John Burroughs School in St. Louis. Frerotte, who played with seven NFL teams, has been the school's quarterbacks' coach during the past two seasons.

Last year, John Burroughs finished runner-up in Missouri's Class 3.

To listen to the show LIVE on the Artist First radio network, click here.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Breckinridge County's Chance Anthony Wins 2010 Rudy Award

by Jeff Fisher
High School Football America

Having a bad day?

We all have them.

I had one yesterday, but then I get a news release announcing the winner of the 2010 High School Rudy Award.  Then after learning about Chance Anthony of Breckinridge High School in Hardinsburg, I got the feeling that feeling sorry for myself wasn't the thing I should be doing.

Anthony was born without the lower part of his right arm.  That has not prevented the senior from being a contributing member of the school's football and basketball teams.

The two-way starter caught his first touchdown pass last season during the school's homecoming game. He can also bench press 235-pounds...basically with one arm!

“One hand or not, you can still catch a football and still catch a basketball,” said Anthony. “Sometimes my friends forget I’ve only got one hand. I do as much as anyone else at school. It’s how you deal with adversity that counts. If somebody gives you the opportunity, you better take it and run. Don’t look back and question why. I know I’m going to look back and really appreciate Coach giving me the opportunity to be the best I could be.”

Anthony, who won a $10,000 scholarship, was chosen for the 2nd annual award from 250 nominees.

The High School Football Rudy Award is named after Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger, who became a not-so-famous, famous player while at Notre Dame while only playing two downs as a 5-6, 165 pound walk-on.

Anthony will join me and my co-host Trish Hoffman Sunday night on the NHSCA Sports Hour radio show to talk about his award an incredible journey to overcome his handicap. Click here to listen LIVE to the Sunday night at 6 PM EST.

The first runner-up was Cody Rye of Ironwood, Michigan...2nd runner-ups were Kyle Wilcos of Seffner, Florida and Tray Waite of Warren, Ohio.
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