Luensmann Receives Brad Evans Award

Chad Luensmann received the second annual Brad Evans Memorial Award, which recognizes one player in the organization who has consistently demonstrated a positive attitude, commitment, loyalty, hustle and respect.

US Elite Director, Mark Helsel said Luensmann lead by example, “Chad Luensmann is a role model player”. Luensmann, a Nebraska Cornhusker commit, showed incredible focus, determination and loyalty while playing in the organization since he was 13 years old. “He really is the consummate student-athlete, said Helsel. He has a 3.9 GPA, his teammates love and adore him and he’s about as coachable as they come. Athletically, he has shown some of the most dramatic jumps that we’ve ever seen. When he was 13 years old he was 5’6”/113 pounds. Now he’s 6’4”/218 and throwing 92. All of that is a testament to the commitment he made to being the best he can be”!

The award was created two years ago to pay tribute to Brad Evans, who played in the organization in 2010 and was also a role-model player. During his senior year Brad was a star QB on his high school team. He suffered several severe concussions. On Nov. 15th Brad took his own life. “Brad was a very special young man and this award honors him and the standard he set for our organization. He played the game the right way”. Helsel said he promised Brad’s parents that the organization would continue to educate players and their families about the seriousness of concussions. “Some studies suggest there may be a link between head injuries and suicides. We want everyone to know that concussions are very serious”.

Luensmann displayed his normal soft spoken and humble spirit as he accepted the award. Rather than speaking of himself, he instead spoke about what an impact Brad Evans made on him as an impressionable 13 year old. “He taught us all how to play the game the right way. He inspired us. He made me want to be a better person and play for more than myself. I’m just sorry he’s still not here with us”.

Last year’s winner was Parker Lynn, who is a freshman at Cal State University of PA.