the edge of where you are from

Alan Amache

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This past week, the NFL conducted its 2015 draft.

Two graduates of the same high school, Bradford High School, in Kenosha, Wisconsin, were selected in the first round.

This was the first time since 1990 that high-school teammates where taken in the first round.

These two graduates, Trae Waynes and Melvin Gordon, played on the same Bradford High School football team and are also good friends.

Trae, a cornerback, who played football for Michigan State University, was selected by the Minnesota Vikings, as the 11th overall pick in the first round.

Melvin, a running back, who played football for the University of Wisconsin, was selected as the 15 overall pick by the San Diego chargers in the first round.

Many high schools have football players who were drafted by NFL teams.

However, what is interesting about Kenosha Bradford High School is that it also graduated a Heisman Trophy Winner, Alan Amache.

Kenosha is Wisconsin’s 4th largest city with a poplulation of about 100,000 and is located on Lake Michigan in south east Wisconsin between Milwaukee and Chicago.

Kenosha is famous for producing cars and not football players.

Ameche, who also played football at the University of Wisconsin, won the Heisman Trophy in 1954 and was the 3rd overall pick in the first round of the 1955 NFL draft by the Baltimore Colts.

Ameche is famous for scoring the winning touchdown for the Baltimore Colts in the 1958 NFL Championship Game against the New York Giants.

Melvin finished second in the 2014 Heisman Trophy voting to Marcus Mariota and almost became Bradford’s 2nd Heisman Trophy winner.

Only three high schools have produced multiple Heisman trophy winners: (1) Woodrow Wilson High School in Dallas, Texas; (2)  Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, California and (3) Fork Union Military Academy in Fork Union, Virginia.

Yes, I too have a Kenosha connection and a connection to Bradford High School.

I am also a graduate of Bradford High school (and the University of Wisconsin).  I was named a Distinguished Alumni of Bradford High School by the Kenosha Bradford Alumni Association in 1999.  Not for playing football, but for my contributions to computer science and law.

Mario Bonofilgio, who played quarterback on the Bradford High School team with Alan Amache in the 1950’s still lives across the street the from the house my dad built and I grew up in.

Melvin Gordon’s uncle, Jacorie Benjamin, is my daughter’s basketball trainer.

What is your edge of pursuing your dreams?

Does it matter where you grew up?

Does it matter where you went to high school?

Does it matter where you went to college?

If you have a vision, a dream, of what you want to puruse or become,  does it really matter where you came from?

Of course not.

Out There on the Edge of Everything®…

Stephen Lesavich, PhD

Co-author of the award winning book:  The Plastic Effect:  How Urban Legends Influence the Use and Misuse of Credit Cards.

Regular columnist: Positive Impact Magazine