Adrian Bushell took the road less traveled when it comes to finding success at the college level. The former Louisville cornerback was once a highly regarded high school prospect from Texas and signed a letter of intent with the Florida Gators.
Bushell played briefly during his time at Florida and had gotten himself into some trouble off of the field, which led to him being booted from the team. He then wound up at a junior college where he played one season before landing at Louisville. Just five days before the season opener in 2011, Bushell enrolled in school and started practicing with the football team. Considering Louisville desperately needed depth at the cornerback position, this seemed like a perfect fit. He was truly a gift from the football gods.
In his two years with the Louisville football program, Bushell was easily one of the top players on the defensive side of the ball. The beginning of his college career didn’t go as planned, but he had the last laugh in the end as he and his new team defeated his old team in the 2013 Sugar Bowl. Bushell is the first player to ever win two Sugar Bowl games with two separate teams.
Surprisingly Bushell didn’t hear his name called in the 2013 NFL Draft, despite at one time being considered a lock for a mid-round selection. He signed a free agent contract with the Oakland Raiders, but unfortunately he was cut in mid-May. Another surprise came when Bushell announced via his Twitter account that he’d decided to give up on professional football.
Decided to give it up and hang up the cleats..
— Adrian Bushell (@DatBoyBushell) July 6, 2013
Regardless what route Bushell decides to take next, I’m sure he’ll be successful. He’s a perfect example of someone who had gotten off track earlier in his career, but matured and grew as a young man after joining Charlie Strong’s program.