Athens Athletic Hall of Fame: Ray P. (Butch) Bush

October 14th, 2013 | By Lindsey Ebert No Comments


Athens Athletic Hall of Fame: Ray P. (Butch) BushAs a halfback and linebacker at Athens High School, Ray P. (Butch) Bush was very successful on the football field. He was a three-year letter winner and team captain his senior year. He was also a part of the basketball team. Despite all of his achievements on the field and the court, Butch’s favorite memories from playing in high school are of the friendships he formed with his teammates.

Butch went on to play collegiate football at Clemson University under head coach Frank Howard. “He was a good man to play for. He had a lot of life lessons. Frank Howard hated to lose more than anyone I knew. He taught you how to win even if you weren’t the best on the field. And that translates into life, because you’re not always the best,” said Butch.

After his playing days, he has spent many years as a supporter of local athletics, serving as Clarke Central’s Touchdown Club President for two years and as an Athens Little League coach for many years. He strives to encourage younger generations to pursue their dreams. “It’s not all about winning and losing,” says Butch, “It’s about how you rise to the occasion and play the game fairly.”

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