A distinguished guest

Johnny Lujack, the oldest living Heisman Trophy winner, will attend the Simley at St. Thomas Academy football game Friday night. His great-grandson, Charley Flanagan, is one of the Cadets’ captains.


All in the family


Then: Johnny Lujack led Notre Dame’s football team to the 1943 national championship, then served two years in the Navy during World War II, hunting German submarines in the English Channel. He won the Heisman Trophy in 1947, then played quarterback for the Chicago Bears and earned All-Pro honors from 1948-50.


Now: Lujack’s great-grandson Charley Flanagan is a Bravo Company lieutenant in St. Thomas Academy’s military program. He represented St. Thomas Academy at Metro East Conference Leadership Day.




Both St. Thomas Academy and rival Simley enter the game 1-2 but have played close games. The Cadets’ losses are by a combined 16 points, the Spartans by just 10. The Cadets, Prep Bowl participants last season, are eager to get back on track, said Charley Flanagan, a tight end and captain. “This isn’t how we wanted to start,” he said. “The other captains and I are keeping everyone focused.”

David La Vaque