Two former Chadron State College football players who are Rushville residents will be inducted into the Eagles’ Athletic Hall of Fame this fall.
They are Judd Hoos, a Rushville native who now ranches near there, and Jason Funk, originally from Hyannis and now a resident of Rushville.
When Hoos graduated from CSC in 1996, the head coach, Brad Smith, called him “one of the toughest, most dedicated athletes to ever play at Chadron State.”
Hoos played both fullback and receiver on offense, but also drew lots of attention for his rambunctious special teams’ play.
He was chosen the Eagles’ outstanding special teams player as both a sophomore and a junior, while his teammates voted him the overall most valuable player his senior year.
That fall, Hoos also was one of 19 players from all levels to be selected for College Football Chronicle’s Unsung Heroes All-American team.
Chadron State went 27-6 during Hoos’ final three years on the team and won their first Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference championship his senior year in 1996.
Judd and his wife Brandy have three children—Hayden, Hannah and Hadleigh.
Funk was a three-year starter on defense for the Eagles. He finished with 241 tackles and 21 pass breakups.
He was a first-team choice on the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and Nebraska NCAA Division II teams that were selected in 1993 when he was a senior. He also was a two-time RMAC academic honoree.
Funk is a chiropractor and is pastor of the New Christian Center Church in Rushville. He and his wife Meggin have three children—Eden, Amara and Asa.
CSC’s new head coach, Jay Long, recently had both Hoos and Funk talk to this year’s team about “the Eagles’ tradition and what it means to have been a Chadron State football player.
The Hall of Fame inductions will be during homecoming on Saturday, Oct. 27