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From Rusk to the Super Bowl

By Coleman Swierc

RUSK, TEXAS (KLTV) -  Long before he ever made a tackle in the NFL and long before he ran wild for the big red of Nebraska, Cody Glenn walked the halls at Rusk High School.

"He is a good kid, as pleasant a kid that you would want," said former Rusk principal Ricky Hassell.

"He was very tenacious with his grades, he never settled for anything less than an A in my class," said Glenn's former history teacher Adam Nimitz.

A great student, an even better football player, and every fan in Eagle stadium, knew he was one of a kind

"When Cody was in the 9th grade, he was starting on the varsity," said Bettye Turney, who taught Glenn in then 10th grade, "And the coach described him as a man among boys, and even at the early age of 9th grade, they could see the potential."

That potential landed Glenn in the NFL...and eventually a spot in the biggest football game on Earth.

"Everyone watches the Super Bowl, that is the best of the best," said Turney, "And here is Cody Glenn from Rusk, one of the best."

"For this to be able to work out for him, and get to be in the Super Bowl, and contribute, we are just tickled for him, happy for him," said Hassell.

Happy for Glenn, and happy for the city of Rusk, the only town in East Texas, to be home to a Super Bowl player

"The whole town is abuzz about him," said Nimitz, "The school is happy for him, and faculty is glad for him."

"I would have never dreamed that a young man from Rusk, Texas would play in the Super Bowl," joked Turney.

Hassell added, "He is kind of Rusk's own, and is Rusk's claim to fame right now."

Of course, for Cody, fame comes...with its perks

"I would think that Rusk would have a Cody Glenn Day," chuckled Hassell, "I am hoping that will happen, and I am sure it will."

And who knows, maybe Cody will bring another trophy back to Rusk...a much bigger trophy.

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