Entering his 31st year as the head football coach at City College of San Francisco, Rush is nearly as synonymous with The City as the Golden Gate Bridge. During his 40-year tenure with the Rams as a player and coach, Rush has sent hundreds of students to Division I colleges, coached a number of future NFL players and even played with a certain Hall of Famer who became an infamous celebrity.
What keeps you coming back to CCSF?
he kids. Their enthusiasm keeps me young. To come back each year and see a new group of guys so excited to play —doesn’t make me feel any older. My body may be telling me I’m getting old, but being surrounded by a great bunch of guys, eager to learn and get better, keeps me young mentally.
Why is this job so important to you?
You can really make a difference here. It’s amazing to see some of the obstacles these kids have had to overcome to get to where they are today. To help them achieve their goals of going on to a Division I college is a great feeling.
Do you ever have any thoughts of leaving The City?
The best thing that has ever happened to me in my life was coming to school here at CCSF and the next best thing was getting an opportunity to come back here and coach.
You were on the same team at CCSF as O.J. Simpson. How was that?
He was a sophomore when I was a freshman, and we got along great. We kept in touch pretty well after we left here, but I haven’t talked to him since … all that drama.