Saturday, May 11, 2013

Brad's High School Honors

Here is a list of all of Brad's high school football honors.  He will play in two all-star games this summer, including the Kansas-Missouri all-star game June 13 and the Kansas Shrine Game July 28.  He will head to Northwest Missouri State in mid-August.


Brad Strauss

Quarterback/Safety, 6-1, 180

Lawrence (Kan.) High School


Career Honors

Senior (2012)

State Honors

Top 11 All-State First Team (Kansas Football Coaches Assn., Wichita Eagle and Topeka Capital Journal)

All-Class First Team Defensive Back (

All-State Defensive Back (

6A Offensive Player of the Year (

6A First Team (Kansas Football Coaches Association)

6A First Team Quarterback (Wichita Eagle and Topeka Capital Journal and

6A Honorable Mention Defensive Back (Topeka Capital Journal)

League Honors

All-Sunflower League First Team Quarterback and Defensive Back

Sunflower League Offensive Player of the Year (

Metro and Area Honors

Simone Award Finalist (top player in Kansas City Metro area)

Simone all-Kansas City Metro Team

All-Metro First Team Quarterback (Kansas City Star)

All-Area Player of the Year (Lawrence Journal World)

All-Area Team (Lawrence Journal World)


Kansas Shrine All-Star Game Selection

Kansas-Missouri All-Star Game Selection

Dylan Meier Get Busy Livin’ Award

National Football Foundation, Sunflower Chapter Scholar-Athlete

Greater Kansas City Football Coaches Association Scholar-Athlete Scholarship

Kansas City - Kansas Metro Player of the Week (Kansas City Star, Nov. 9)

Signed Letter of Intent to play football at Northwest Missouri State


Junior (2011)

State Honors

Top 11 Second Team (Wichita Eagle and Topeka Capital Journal)

6A First Team Defensive Back (Wichita Eagle and Topeka Capital Journal)

6A Honorable Mention Quarterback (Wichita Eagle)

League Honors

All-Sunflower League First Team Quarterback and Defensive Back

Sunflower League Offensive Player of the Year (

Metro and Area Honors

Simone Award semifinalist (top player in Kansas City area)

Simone all-Kansas City Metro Team

All-Metro Team (Kansas City Star)

All-Area Player of the Year (Lawrence Journal World)

All-Area Team (Lawrence Journal World)



Sophomore (2010)

State Honors

6A Honorable Mention Back (Topeka Capital Journal)

League Honors

All-Sunflower League Honorable Mention

Area Honors

All-Area Team (Lawrence Journal World)


Career Offensive Statistics (29 games)

Passing: 5,123 yards, 47 Touchdowns

Rushing: 1,972 yards, 30 Touchdowns

Totals Offense: 7,095 yards, 77 Touchdowns


Year By Year Offensive Statistics

Sophomore: 1,249 yards, 10 TD passing; 603 yards, 5 TD rushing; 1,852 total yards, 15 TD

Junior: 1,596 yards, 13 TD passing; 626 yards, 11 TD rushing; 2,222 total yards, 24 TD

Senior: 2,278 yards, 24 TD passing; 743 yards, 14 TD rushing; 3,021 total yards, 38 TD






Monday, February 18, 2013

Dear Cancer

Dear Cancer,

Pow.  You hit me unexpectedly in August.  Blindsided me.  Knocked 15-20 pounds right off me.  I didn’t even know what you were yet.  Slowly, steadily you chipped away at my strength and energy through September, October and into November. Visits to doctors in Kansas came up empty.  I was told to go to the Mayo Clinic.  They were just as confused as to who you were.  Finally on the third visit over New Year’s Eve, they confirmed it.  You were PTLD – Post Transplant Lymphoproliferative Disorder.  Fairly rare, apparently hard to diagnose, but easy to treat.

By then I was struggling to get out of bed each day.  Showers consumed my energy to the point I could barely stand afterwards and would lay down before even drying off.  Walking from my bedroom to the kitchen to get something to eat required a rest before starting to find food.  Then it was back in bed.

In January, the day before I was scheduled to meet with doctors at KU Medical Center and get my treatments started, I was told to get a blood test.  Lisa and I went to Lawrence Memorial Hospital to get the work done.  Afterwards we stopped in the hospital cafeteria for breakfast.  After breakfast, I  knew something was wrong.  I told Lisa we needed to go to the emergency room.  We decided to make the 45-minute drive to KU Med since that was where I was going to be treated anyway.  She got a wheelchair and led me to the car.

On the way to the hospital I noticed my fingers were turning blue.  Then my lower lip and chin went numb.  My vision became extremely blurry to where I couldn’t make out cars and could barely see traffic lights.  Then my legs began shaking uncontrollably.  I became extremely thirsty and wanted to throw up.

As luck would have it there was a terrible accident on the highway with cars on fire.  We came to a complete stop for exactly one hour.  After we started moving, Lisa was able to get me some water and my symptoms regressed it seemed.  We rushed to the hospital where they pumped me full of four bags of IV fluid and three units of blood.  I was told I was nearly in septic shock.

After 11 hours in the emergency room they admitted me into the hospital where I would spend the next 10 days.  I started my cancer treatments (one infusion a week for four weeks) and started to feel better.

A few days after my fourth, and hopefully final, infusion on Feb. 8, I started to feel pretty good.  I still need to put on about 15 pounds and I am still very weak, but am making progress.  I will be scanned in early March to see if the treatments were successful and I fully believe they were.

My family and I have been overwhelmed and touched by the support of people who have reached out to us during this time.  Their generosity to help us with dinners, gift cards and financially has been extremely humbling.  We are very thankful to everyone who even just asks how we are doing.  That has meant a lot to all of us.  Please know I am getting better and it won’t be long until all of this is just a memory.




Friday, November 30, 2012

Cole Heading To First High School Wrestling Match

After going undefeated as a seventh and eighth-grader, Cole gets his first taste of high school wrestling this Saturday when he goes to a junior varsity tournament at Emporia.  The tournament starts at 9 a.m. and is probably only 75 minutes away, yet he has to report to Lawrence High School at 4:45 a.m. to weigh in, get gear and get on the bus.  Really?  4:45 a.m.?  My thought right now is Ridiculous.  Maybe there is method to this madness, but I don't see it right now.  This makes for an extremely long day.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Brad Postseason Awards Update

So far Brad has been named:
Top 11 by Wichita Eagle
Wichita Eagle and Topeka Capital Journal will have their teams announced Sunday.
Simone Award Finalist for top player in Kansas City Metro area. The winner will be announced on Tuesday, Dec. 6 at the high school of the winner.
All-Sunflower League First Team as Quarterback and Defensive Back (second straight year he accomplished this)
Sunflower Leage Offensive Player of the Year by Sunflower League Blog (second straight year for this award)
Coming up in the next week (maybe), will be:
All-state honors by class from the Wichita Eagle and Topeka Capital Journal
(Brad was first-team all-state safety as a junior and honorable mention quarterback as a sophomore and junior)
All-metro team by the Kansas City Star
(Brad was on this last year)
Gatorade Kansas Player of the Year
(he is a candidate this year, but no idea)
Lawrence Journal World all-area team
(Brad was on this team as a sophomore and junior and was the all-area player of the year as a junior)
Hopefully he will be on some of these lists.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Football Season Ends In Second Round

The dream of a state championship ended Friday, Nov. 9 when Lawrence High fell 21-14 to Shawnee Mission West in the second round of the Kansas playoffs.  Missed opportunities in the red zone once again did in the Lions against the Vikings.  This team was extremely fun to watch and though physically over-matched all season long, played with so much heart.  They finished the year 8-3 with the three losses coming to two teams playing in the state semifinal.  They created great memories for their families and fans, but most importantly for themselves.  Thank you guys.

Lawrence Journal World Recap

Kansas City Star Recap

PrepsKC Recap

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