MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Mustangs arena football team heads to Philadelphia this weekend to take on the Soul - winners of their last four straight. But it's Milwaukee who boasts this week's Arena Football League MVP.
Speed, explosiveness and toughness are all reasons Mustangs player Marcus Everett is this week's Arena Football League MVP. "He's the kind of guy you absolutely want here," Mustangs head coach Bob Landsee said.
Everett's honed athletic ability is not the only thing that separates the 26-year-old. "First thing that pops in my mind is his head/brain. He's a very, very smart young man because he's got to learn both sides of the ball," Landsee said.
Everett's success at receiver and linebacker for Milwaukee has also gotten him noticed for the league's Ironman award. "Took me awhile to learn the game, the first two years, but I now feel like I know the game and I'm just trying to use it as a stepping stone to get back to the NFL," Everett said.
This weekend, while the team is doing work on the East Coast, Everett will be honored on the West Coast. He's being inducted into the Chaminade College Prep Hall of Fame. "It's a great honor. It humbles me a lot. It hasn't hit me yet," Everett said.
Everett was a three sport athlete at his small Los Angeles high school. He earned a varsity letter in track, basketball and football all four years. His former coaches say he was so talented, he could have played Division One basketball. "I wanted to go to UCLA and that was my main school, and they wanted me to play football, so that was a big part of my decision," Everett said.
"He's going to the Hall of Fame, where there are great football players and a lot of very intelligent people. We kinda set the bar for the expectation of the football program and what Chaminade has to offer," Landsee said.
Everett's family still lives right down the street from the school, so they'll be representing Everett at the ceremony, and filling the neighborhood in on his recent AFL success. "A lot of people do know my path and where I am now, and they know that I'm still trying to get to the NFL and they support me," Everett said.