Saturday, September 27, 2014

Sherrick McManis from Peoria to Evanston to Houston to Chicago

Peoria Richwoods is an excellent school in central Illinois.  It shows up in Illinois football sports news as having won three state championships and 24 conference championships.  Many Richwoods  players go on to Division 1 football.  Sherrick McManis is one of those. At Richwoods, McManis played many positions and he wanted to play every minute. 

Sherrick McManis at Northwestern

McManis attended Northwestern University and played cornerback for the Wildcats.  He was known to be "all in" at Northwestern, playing hard every down and cheering his teammates on when he wasn't playing.  Soft spoken and an excellent student, McManis was highly valued by his college coach.  When he was a senior, Coach Pat Fitzgerald said,  "I have six more weekends with him guaranteed and I'd love to have 12 more. He is a coach's dream."

Sherrick McManis in the NFL

McManis was a 2010 draft choice of the Houston Texans.  In Houston, he saw service as a kick returner, where he did pretty well before he came over to the Bears in 2012.  He is a defensive back, but continues to be thought of mostly as a key special teams player--an area where the Bears have struggled at least early on.  McManis has a had a quad injury that has kept him of action for two, going on three games now. 

Chomping at the bit to see McManis back in action no doubt, Bears Special Team Coach Joe DeCamillis described his special teams player this way:  "He's very explosive," he's a great kid. He knows this [special teams] is his ticket. This is how he's going to get to the next step for him." The kid who wanted to play every down at Peoria Richwoods, must be anxious to return to the field for the Bears.

McManis did not practice this week and has been ruled out to play against the Packers this week.  We look forward to his return. 

 Last year, McManis was one of 14 Bears who visited Washington, Illinois, in December to help with cleanup efforts after devastating tornadoes has hit the area. Washington is short distance from McManis home town of Peoria. 

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