June 2 was a busy day for
He was in his hometown of King George, Virginia hosting his annual charity golf tournament when he received one of the biggest calls of his 27-year old life. He fiancée, Jessica, was going into labor back in New Orleans.
Inclement weather, including tornado warnings, threatened Bushrod’s chances of flying back to New Orleans in time for the birth of his child.
Bushrod said through the “grace of God” he was able to get a flight out of Washington, D.C. and his Saints teammates hosted the rest of the golf event. The Saints left tackle landed in New Orleans shortly before 1 am and Jessica delivered their son, Jermon Bushrod Jr., at 1:31 am.
“Best feeling I have ever had was the birth of my son,” said Bushrod. “It was a hectic ordeal for me to make it back in time but an incredible experience.”
Another highlight of the successful weekend was that proceeds from Bushrod’s charity golf tournament raised more than $6,000 towards book scholarships for graduating senior student athletes from King George looking to pursue their education at two and four year institutions.
Bushrod’s prosperous offseason started in February when he attended his first Pro Bowl after starting all 16 regular season games and both playoff contests.
The Towson alum was part of a line that relinquished only 24 sacks during the 2011 season, tied for second fewest in the NFL, giving up only five in the last eight games.
The Saints offense finished 2011 ranked first in the NFL in offense as they set an NFL single-season record with 7,474 yards, winning the 2011 Madden Protectors Award for the second time in three years, in recognition of the line’s performance.
“It was a tremendous feeling to represent the organization at the Pro Bowl,” said Bushrod. “It was great to have the opportunity to go and bring your loved ones and friends. It was a blessing to be there with some of my teammates and their family members as well.”
One of those Pro Bowl teammates, Carl Nicks, signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this offseason. Bushrod calls Nicks one of his best friends and although he was disappointed to see him leave, he is happy with the current offensive line crew.
“We lost a good player in Carl Nicks, a good friend as well,” said Bushrod. “He has to do what is best for him and his family. That was a blessing for him but at the end of the day we also got a new good guard in (Ben) Grubbs.”
Bushrod added that the progress that young guys like OT
“During OTAs and mini-camp we bonded well and got the correct amount of snaps that we needed,” said Bushrod. “We tried to get use to other and it helped. I am very excited about where our team is going as a whole.”