By Chris Cox
Tecumseh senior Marquan Krush wants to play well and wants to win whenever he on the field, court, or track. But building relationships and making a positive impact in the lives of his teammates is even more important than his stat line or the final score.
“I want to get better throughout the year, but I just want to be a good leader for the younger classmen,” says Krush. “I want to be a good leader so they don’t feel like they’re being bullied by the upperclassmen and so they feel like they can come talk to us. I want them to feel welcomed.”
For Krush being a good teammate isn’t something he takes lightly. It’s a conviction that comes from his faith.
“As a follower of Jesus, I want to become a better leader so I can connect with them, witness to them, and help them grow,” he says. “I take pride in my faith. It’s the number one thing to me. It’s over sports and academics. Yeah, those things are important and a priority to me, but my faith is the number one thing I look out for and try to grow every single day.”
So, how does Krush try to model that faith for his teammates?
“I just try to show the same love that Jesus shows us,” he says bluntly. “Jesus was fully human and fully God. Every day he walked on this earth he was sharing with his disciples and followers and showing love to the sinners and those other didn’t associate with back then. For me, I want to be nice, kind, and genuine but I also want to hold them accountable for things and show them the same love Christ showed me.”
Along with being a receiver and defensive back for Tecumseh, Krush also plays basketball and runs track at THS. Following high school, Krush hopes to continue his athletic pursuits while also pursuing a career in ministry.
“One school I’m really looking at is OBU,” he says. “They have a really good track program and I want to play football for them too. OBU has always been a school I wanted to go to. Being a Jesus follower, I want to go into ministry one day while still being able to go out there and compete.”