Clay Rush

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Clay Rush (born October 27, 1973) is a former Arena Football League kicker formerly of the Colorado Crush.[1] He was in the league from 1999 to the original league's folding in 2008. He was named First Team All-Arena in 2000 and 2003. Rush was also named AFL Kicker of the Year[2] in both 2000 and 2003.[3] In 2001, Rush made an AFL-record 110 extra-points, including a record 13 made PATs vs. Carolina on July 7, 2001.[4]

2005 ArenaBowl XIX -Clay Rush nailed the game winning field goal as time expired. Also this season Rush converted a 62-yard field goal and lead the AFL in touchbacks.[5]

Clay Rush ArenaBowl XIX Colorado Crush

He was also named Second Team All-Arena in 2005 and 2006.

Rush has attended NFL training camp with the Detroit Lions (1998), Atlanta Falcons (1999), Washington Redskins (2000) and New York Jets (2003).[6][7]

NFL career[edit]

1998 Detroit Lions, 1999 Atlanta Falcons, 2000 Washington Redskins, 2003 New York Jets[8][9]

Arena Football League[edit]

1999 Iowa Barnstormers, 2000 Iowa Barnstormers, 2001 New York Dragons, 2002 New York Dragons, 2003 Indiana Firebirds, 2004 Indiana Firebirds, 2005 Colorado Crush, 2006 Colorado Crush, 2007 Kansas City Brigade/Arizona Rattlers, 2008 Colorado Crush,

High school career[edit]

At Riverview Gardens High School in St. Louis, Missouri, Rush was a three-sport star in football, soccer, and baseball. He threw a no-hitter his senior season against Normandy High School. He also played basketball early in his high school career though he didn't play varsity.

College career[edit]

Rush attended Missouri Western State University, where he was named to the Mid–America Intercollegiate Athletics Association All-Conference Team four times, and was an NCAA Division II All-American as a senior.

Injuries[edit]

In 2008 Rush sustained a series of hits to the head in two games two weeks apart. Rush was removed from the game in Kansas City following positive signs of concussion. Following the 2nd concussion Rush wasn't properly evaluated or monitored. Team physicians cleared Rush to return to play after resting for a week. When Rush played again on about April 25, 2008 his symptoms worsened and he suffered permanent brain damage.[10]

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