Unbelievable … but true. The following appeared in the sports section of your favorite daily newspaper in September of 2002. It was a report on the youth football team based in Zion that, at that time, was called the Scorpions (it’s now the Jr. Zee-Bees). Regarding the Scorpions’ Peewee Division team, the following was written:
“The Scorpions rolled past the Fox Lake Cardinals (now called the Grant Jr. Bulldogs) 37-0, as Kendace Martin scored on a run from scrimmage and on a 60-yard interception return. Other highlights for Zion included fumble recoveries by Marcus Holmes and Joe Buttera, a 45-yard pass reception by Buttera, a fumble recovery and an interception return for a TD by Brandon Lewis, an interception and a touchdown by Brandon Gross, and a TD by Melvin Gordon.”
Stop right there.
That “TD by Melvin Gordon” … that’s the same Melvin Gordon who is a star running back for the Wisconsin Badgers and a favorite to win the Heisman Trophy.
The next year, 2003, Gordon also played for the Scorpions’ Peewee Division team and tore up the league as he scored seemingly at will from the running-back position.
And in 2005, Gordon was a member of the Waukegan-based Invaders youth track team. He was a sprinter in the 11-12 age group that summer and qualified for the national meet because, of course, he was fast.
By the time he was ready for high school, however, Gordon was in Kenosha and starred on the field at Bradford High School.
This is Gordon’s fourth year at Wisconsin, but he did not play his freshman year so he’s called a “redshirt junior.” But while he has one more year of college eligibility remaining, he’ll most certainly go pro after Wisconsin plays in its Jan. 1 bowl game.
Wisconsin’s info page on the Heisman favorite includes his high school accomplishments, but doesn’t go back to his days playing for the Scorpions.
Orignal Link: http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/sports/chi-sp-heisman-trophy-favorite-was-a-youth-football-star-in-zion-20141205-story.html
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