Junior Jack Bush lined up under center, scanned the defense against Coldwater, saw something he could take advantage of, barked commands, took the ball & threw a perfect pass right in the hands of All Conference Receiver Bailey Edwards for a quick score. Bush has been lights out for Chelsea as they make their record run at the Division 3 championship. He has completed 52 out of 70 passes in the Bulldogs playoff run amassing 950 yards and 8 touchdowns, while running the ball 16 times for 47 yards and 5 touchdowns. Not bad for a young man, who when he was 5, was diagnosed with a very rare condition called Perthes disease.
Perthes disease is a very rare childhood condition in which the blood supply to the femur head is cut off and the bone’s cells die, causing major problems at the hip joint.To be diagnosed with this as a young boy who enjoyed sports was a devastating blow to the family. Jack’s father, Chelsea Head Coach Brad Bush, was coaching at Eastern Michigan University and was on the road a lot recruiting. But when he found out about his son, he gave all that up for his family and returned to Chelsea. Young Jack had to wear braces and not run and had no idea what his father had given up for him and the family. But it was all worth it.
But miracles do happen and in late 2006, the Bushes were told that the femur joint had healed and, remarkably, there were no serious repercussions. They were stunned when told Jack could return to normal activity. “Laura cried, I cried, he cried,” Bush said. “You know what it’s like as a little kid, they’re just so active and we had to shut him down.”
Jack doesn’t have many good memories of the entire affair, but he does remember receiving the all-clear news. “I remember that was the best Christmas present ever,” he said. “I was allowed to run again.”
And it led the way for him to wind up as his dad’s starting quarterback, as well as a starter in basketball and baseball. Bush completed 79 of 151 passes for 1,196 yards with 13 passing touchdowns and six rushing TDs while sharing time in a quarterback rotation in the regular season. And then before the playoffs he earned and was awarded the starter position and has not disappointed.
He has showed courage, leadership, and great field awareness as he has helped engineer the Bulldogs into the Division 3 state championship against defending champs Class A Orchard Lake Saint Mary’s. He has completed over 74% of his passes and is very comfortable in the pocket.
But although he is very confident, he is humble and will give his teammates much of the credit. He and his team will look to win their first championship in the teams history since the playoffs started this Saturday at Ford Field in Detroit.