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TXFOOSBALL
08-19-2008, 02:08 PM
I just got news that coach Al Rushing, legend at Southlake Carroll, passed away last night. I do not have any details right now but I will pass them along as soon as I know.

My favorite coach of all-time at Southlake Carroll. Truely cared about all of his kids both in the classroom and on the football field. The man had a heart of gold. You will be missed by all.

cougmantx
08-19-2008, 05:14 PM
Rest in peace and thanks for the shinning example you set for the kids.

SLC93
08-19-2008, 06:48 PM
I'm going to be bumping this one for a few days. It's the least I could do for a man that was a coach and teacher of mine for four years. The greatest thing I can say about Coach Al was that he knew exactly who he was and what he wanted. The man was so happy in his own skin he really put kids at ease. His lines were technically perfect for the better part of a decade and were the reason our flexbone hummed. Lineweaver used to tell him to give him a crease and his playbook would put points up. Coach Al would just mutter that why bother with a crease when his boys could give you a crater. Coach rushing had no ego. All he cared was that his kids were prepared, played well and kept their heads up. As good as he may have been as a coach, his calling was in the classroom. I had him for three years of algebra and geometry. He was meant to help the kid that was struggling get straightened out and back on track. My world has lost a small piece that carried with it a sizeable impact. My thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family. Rest well, coach. You deserve it.

toonman
08-19-2008, 08:41 PM
I'm going to be bumping this one for a few days. It's the least I could do for a man that was a coach and teacher of mine for four years. The greatest thing I can say about Coach Al was that he knew exactly who he was and what he wanted. The man was so happy in his own skin he really put kids at ease. His lines were technically perfect for the better part of a decade and were the reason our flexbone hummed. Lineweaver used to tell him to give him a crease and his playbook would put points up. Coach Al would just mutter that why bother with a crease when his boys could give you a crater. Coach rushing had no ego. All he cared was that his kids were prepared, played well and kept their heads up. As good as he may have been as a coach, his calling was in the classroom. I had him for three years of algebra and geometry. He was meant to help the kid that was struggling get straightened out and back on track. My world has lost a small piece that carried with it a sizeable impact. My thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family. Rest well, coach. You deserve it.

A very nice eulogy.

drgnbkr
08-19-2008, 08:59 PM
I'm going to be bumping this one for a few days. It's the least I could do for a man that was a coach and teacher of mine for four years. The greatest thing I can say about Coach Al was that he knew exactly who he was and what he wanted. The man was so happy in his own skin he really put kids at ease. His lines were technically perfect for the better part of a decade and were the reason our flexbone hummed. Lineweaver used to tell him to give him a crease and his playbook would put points up. Coach Al would just mutter that why bother with a crease when his boys could give you a crater. Coach rushing had no ego. All he cared was that his kids were prepared, played well and kept their heads up. As good as he may have been as a coach, his calling was in the classroom. I had him for three years of algebra and geometry. He was meant to help the kid that was struggling get straightened out and back on track. My world has lost a small piece that carried with it a sizeable impact. My thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family. Rest well, coach. You deserve it.



That is some beautiful stuff son....There is nothing quite like a great coach/teacher, and it's obvious you loved Coach Rushing....God bless his family and the Dragon Nation...

TXFOOSBALL
08-20-2008, 01:47 AM
I'm going to be bumping this one for a few days. It's the least I could do for a man that was a coach and teacher of mine for four years. The greatest thing I can say about Coach Al was that he knew exactly who he was and what he wanted. The man was so happy in his own skin he really put kids at ease. His lines were technically perfect for the better part of a decade and were the reason our flexbone hummed. Lineweaver used to tell him to give him a crease and his playbook would put points up. Coach Al would just mutter that why bother with a crease when his boys could give you a crater. Coach rushing had no ego. All he cared was that his kids were prepared, played well and kept their heads up. As good as he may have been as a coach, his calling was in the classroom. I had him for three years of algebra and geometry. He was meant to help the kid that was struggling get straightened out and back on track. My world has lost a small piece that carried with it a sizeable impact. My thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family. Rest well, coach. You deserve it.

:notworthy:notworthy:notworthy:notworthy

I had him for algebra and geometry as well. I feel the same way as you. RIP

SLC93
08-20-2008, 06:53 AM
Thank you. First of all, the words needed to be said. It's the absolute least I could do for one of my all time favorites. Second, coach made it easy to feel that way. He was special.:)

Miss Kitty
08-20-2008, 07:41 AM
It sounds like this man left quite a positive impression on a great many people. We should take a lesson from that and strive to do the same in our own lives.

May peace be with his family and friends. It sounded like his life was truly a celebration.

DrEdward
08-20-2008, 08:34 AM
I first heard of Al's death yesterday afternoon, but could not bring myself to post the information here. The gentleman was one of the first of the good folks I met at Carroll in the 80s. Al Rushing is indeed a good man and while I did not get to see him but a few times a year as of late, I will still miss him a very great deal. A loss to all his former players, his students, and to all of us who knew him and loved the guy. Coach Rushing would only have been in his mid to late 50s. Yet another reason for me why this upcoming season will not be the same as those in the past.

Miss Kitty
08-20-2008, 08:35 AM
Do you know the details of his passing?

DrEdward
08-20-2008, 08:46 AM
Do you know the details of his passing?

No details are known yet. Only that we was found at home yesterday morning.

SLC93
08-20-2008, 01:01 PM
Coach could get an all district performance from almost anyone he ever worked with. Through our years is 3A we were blessed with some good size and an occassional DI prospect along the o line.(Marty Dunbar & Kevin Holmes) For everyone of those guys there were sevral like Scott Huebner or Craig Sisk. These were all effort guys who studied hard and worked harder without the benefit of any size. He would mold these types of players into young men that would dominate the superior dlines they lined up against. Far too young and far too soon.

SLC93
08-20-2008, 10:28 PM
bump

CKE
08-20-2008, 10:43 PM
Sorry for the loss guys.From what I hear on this board god has one good angel on his side.Maybe SLC can dedicate another season to him.The one thing that didn't hurt losing so bad in 2004 was finding out that SLC players had made a dedication to a coach that passed away and came through on a big way for him. That is a sign of true sportsmanship no matter what others opinions are on opposing teams

DrEdward
08-21-2008, 02:54 AM
Sorry for the loss guys.From what I hear on this board god has one good angel on his side.Maybe SLC can dedicate another season to him.The one thing that didn't hurt losing so bad in 2004 was finding out that SLC players had made a dedication to a coach that passed away and came through on a big way for him. That is a sign of true sportsmanship no matter what others opinions are on opposing teams

Thanks.

SLC93
08-21-2008, 06:59 AM
Sorry for the loss guys.From what I hear on this board god has one good angel on his side.Maybe SLC can dedicate another season to him.The one thing that didn't hurt losing so bad in 2004 was finding out that SLC players had made a dedication to a coach that passed away and came through on a big way for him. That is a sign of true sportsmanship no matter what others opinions are on opposing teams

Thank you. You would have loved coach Rushing. I guarantee it.

SLC13
08-21-2008, 11:01 AM
I'm going to be bumping this one for a few days. It's the least I could do for a man that was a coach and teacher of mine for four years. The greatest thing I can say about Coach Al was that he knew exactly who he was and what he wanted. The man was so happy in his own skin he really put kids at ease. His lines were technically perfect for the better part of a decade and were the reason our flexbone hummed. Lineweaver used to tell him to give him a crease and his playbook would put points up. Coach Al would just mutter that why bother with a crease when his boys could give you a crater. Coach rushing had no ego. All he cared was that his kids were prepared, played well and kept their heads up. As good as he may have been as a coach, his calling was in the classroom. I had him for three years of algebra and geometry. He was meant to help the kid that was struggling get straightened out and back on track. My world has lost a small piece that carried with it a sizeable impact. My thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family. Rest well, coach. You deserve it.

Very nice SLC93.......My kids didn't have the opportunity to experience Coach Rushing. Judging from the impact he had on you and and others, that's too bad. He sounds like a truly wonderful coach, teacher and man!!

My family's thoughts and prayers go out to all his friends and family.

SLC93
08-21-2008, 09:27 PM
Very nice SLC93.......My kids didn't have the opportunity to experience Coach Rushing. Judging from the impact he had on you and and others, that's too bad. He sounds like a truly wonderful coach, teacher and man!!

My family's thoughts and prayers go out to all his friends and family.

He was all that and, I'm sure, more. Ledbetter had such an eye for talent.His ability to form such wonderful, cohesive staffs was what made him great. As overlooked as the offensive line coach usually is, I assure coach Led wouldn't have traded Al for anyone in the state.

SLC93
08-21-2008, 09:31 PM
I will say this, on a lighter not. Coach Rushing's belly was truly a modern marvel. We used to joke it was like he swallowed a party ball. My most vivid memory of freshman ball was running into coach during a drill. Now, coach was what some may call portly but let me tell you this. That gut had no give to it at all. I know this because on that day I collided with it I found myself flat on my arse looking up. What did I see, you ask? Coach Al looking down through those big, coke bottle glasses doing the Kamala slap on his belly. Surely someone out there remembers the Ugandan nightmare, the old wrestler, Kamala?!?! Great memory.:)

DrEdward
08-22-2008, 12:33 AM
For those interested, funeral services will be held for Al this Sunday afternoon at 2:00pm in St Elisabeth Episcopal in River Oaks, Texas. I don't have any details as of yet, but will post them when I find out or if these change.

SLC93
08-22-2008, 07:42 AM
Thank you, Doc.

CCHS77
08-22-2008, 10:12 AM
Here is the update on the visitation details: Saturday evening from 6 to 8 PM at Shannon's on Rufe Snow. (Shannon's is about 1 mile north of Loop 820 on the west side of Rufe Snow.)

DrEdward
08-22-2008, 02:41 PM
Just to keep the information more readily visible until the services. Thanks.

DrEdward
08-23-2008, 01:45 PM
Viewing is this evening. Church services tomorrow afternoon. Last bump by me. Thanks for your patience folks.

SLC93
08-23-2008, 06:26 PM
Appreciate the bump, Doc.

chhspantherfan
08-24-2008, 07:57 AM
Last saw Coach Rushing at a Track Meet this past spring, he has been a friend for 20+ years. For those of you who did not have the pleasure of meeting him, he was a MAN of conviction and commitment. His father pased at an early age and Coach stayed right there with his Mother his entire life. My condolences to her, as she outlived her husband and now her son. There was no finer example, other than Jesus Christ, for young men to look up to and be mentored by.

My sympathy to the entire Dragon Nation on this one, may he rest in peace.

DrEdward
08-24-2008, 10:56 AM
Last saw Coach Rushing at a Track Meet this past spring, he has been a friend for 20+ years. For those of you who did not have the pleasure of meeting him, he was a MAN of conviction and commitment. His father pased at an early age and Coach stayed right there with his Mother his entire life. My condolences to her, as she outlived her husband and now her son. There was no finer example, other than Jesus Christ, for young men to look up to and be mentored by.

My sympathy to the entire Dragon Nation on this one, may he rest in peace.

Again, my thanks for all of us. Chauncey W. went over to help Al's mom last week make the arrangements, as he did not want her to have to go thru this by herself.