CHS Student of the Month – Chas Carlgren
STUDENT OF THE MONTH
Chas Carlgren just may be the largest Student of the Month in the history of Concordia High School (CHS).
He stands 6'2" tall and weighs 235 pounds, heavily muscled. And he's still a teenager.
Exactly how much food does it take to keep this boy going? "A lot," he said with a laugh.
His personal record for food consumption in one sitting? "That's hard to say. I can definitely eat a whole pizza."
Although Carlgren plays basketball and baseball, football is the sporting passion of his life. "I just really like the competitiveness of it, the contact," he said. "Getting out on the field and playing is a great feeling."
2020-21 is Carlgren's senior year, and he was looking forward to his final season of football and the chance to impress college scouts.
Then he blew out the ligaments in his knee during practice.
"I tore my ACL and meniscus," he said, referring to the knee cartilage that cushions the shinbone from the thighbone.
Carlgren's final season of high school football was over before it barely got started.
"That was tough," he admits. "But I tried to make the best of it. I'm feeling good now. I hope to be ready to go by December or January at the latest."
Even though his missed his senior season on the field, Carlgren is receiving interest and offers from junior college football programs.
"I've pretty much narrowed it down to two," he said. "We'll just have to see."
Carlgren hopes that one or two years in a junior college program will lead to interest from football programs at four-year universities. "That's the goal. But right now I'm just taking everything one step at a time."
Of course Carlgren dreams of playing in the NFL someday, but he does have a back-up plan, and is thinking of pursuing a degree in either biology or veterinary sciences.
"I have an idea of maybe being a vet or getting into farming, but I haven't really settled on anything," he said. "I don't really know what I want to do with my life yet."
College or even a professional career in football would take him to a larger town or even a big city, but Carlgren considers himself a rural kind of guy. "Down the road, I plan to stay in Kansas. I can see myself in a town like Concordia."
College means leaving home, and Carlgren is excited to take that next step in life. But he knows he will miss the environment he grew up in. "There's just great people here. Everybody knows everybody, and anybody will help you out if you ask. I'm really going to miss being around everybody I grew up with; going to miss my family and friends."
Because of his size it was suggested that, if the pro football thing didn't work out, Carlgren could probably get work as a bouncer or even a bodyguard. "I'll keep that in mind," he said with a grin. "You never know."
Congratulations to Chas Carlgren, CHS's Student Of The Month for November.