Along with celebrating the Chicago Bears’ 20th anniversary of Super Bowl victory, there is another great football event to celebrate. In January of 1986, the fifth grade class of Hope Lutheran School in Chicago (64th and Washtenaw) participated in the Hope Lutheran School Super Bowl.
Participants were divided into teams of three. 5th Grade teacher, Keith Martin, drafted each team and served as permanent quarterback for all teams. Scheduling was developed by Mr. Martin. Games were played during recess on famed Washentaw Avenue. Wooden horses were placed on the street to prevent speeding cars from pancaking the recessing participants.
It was one of the greatest football events ever conceived. Much drama ensued during game play. One such event stands out. Matt, the Terror, Maldre used his Wille-Gault-like speed to dazzle and befuddle defenders. He liked to run close to parked cars to make his footwork appear even faster. Terror Maldre once said, “I like to run next to parked cars because it makes me look like I’m outrunning the cars”. Classmates argued that Terror Maldre used this technique to catch channels of windstream. However, the danger of this technique became all too real one day when Terror Maldre caught the sidetrim of car on his belt loop. His blazing speed tore off the car part like a knife through butter. All stood in shock and awe. Commissioner Martin ordered Maldre to carry the car part to the house of carowner and apologize for the event. Maldre carried through the order with great courage.
Terror Maldre’s courage inspired his team of three to go on and win the Hope Lutheran School Super Bowl with great fanfare. This championship team was a great underdog for Terror Maldre’s teammate, Erik Maldre, had suffered a thigh injury in a playoff game. Erik, the Human Plow, Maldre was running down field full speed in attempts to make a long distance catch. He had his eye on the ball like any good receiver, but failed to notice the car he was about to run into full steam. Human Plow Maldre managed to play through the injury in the Super Bowl to help his team to victory.
Actually the star of the team was Rudy Naranjo. He wasn’t mentioned in this story cuz he didn’t run into any cars like his teammates. He was the MVP of the team.
Happy 20th anniversary to the 1986 Hope Lutheran School Super Bowl Champs!