Another week, another award for Osseo High football star Bridge Tusler. Last week, he was named the 2012 Gatorade Minnesota Football Player of the Year.
The award recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. Tusler is now a candidate for the Gatorade National Football Player of the Year award, which will be announced this month.
Tusler, a 5’11”, 195 lb. running back, defensive back and kick returner, led Osseo to a successful season. The Orioles finished 8-2 on the field and their only losses were to two state champions — 6A champion Eden Prairie and 5A champion Totino-Grace.
Tusler has maintained a 3.54 GPA in the classroom. A devoted member of his church community, Tusler has volunteered as a Sunday school teacher and as a youth football and basketball coach in addition to donating his time to an area daycare center.
Tusler has earned the respect of the Minnesota football community.
“Bridgeport Tusler is the best player we saw this year and the best I’ve seen in recent memory,” said Totino-Grace coach Jeff Ferguson. “In addition to his obvious physical talent, he is an extraordinary competitor and he plays with an effort and physicality that is very unusual. He is outstanding in three phases as a running back, a defensive back and a returner. He is incredibly versatile.”
In addition to the Gatorade award, Tusler was named the conference Offensive and Special Team MVP, Metro Player of the Year and AP Minnesota Player of the Year.