BROOKFIELD — He went on to achieve fame and success on the gridiron, first at UConn, then in the National Football League, and on Friday night, Scott Lutrus will be honored at Brookfield High School, back home where it all began.
Lutrus’ No. 21 jersey is set to be retired in a ceremony prior to the 7 p.m. scheduled kickoff of Brookfield High’s home fotball game against Foran. It’s hard to believe 12 years have passed since Lutrus played his last down of football for the mighty Bobcats, whom he helped lead to three consecutive state title games in 2003, 2004 and 2005 before graduating in 2006. Folks in Brookfield aren’t likely to forget him any time soon, however.
“We always say to the kids that we want to find the kids who are going to do the right things when nobody is looking. He is one of those guys,” Brookfield coach Rich Angarano said during a break in Monday’s practice.
His senior year at Brookfield, the running back and linebacker rushed for 2,017 yards and 25 touchdowns, caught 15 passes for 249 yards and four more scores, and added 63 tackles, one sack, one fumble recovery and four interceptions. His rushing yardage was second most in the state that year, and he earned All-State honors. Including his kickoff, punt and interception returns, Lutrus finished with 32 touchdowns of his own, and even passed for one more.
After red-shirting his freshman season at UConn in 2006, the 6-foot-3, 245-pound linebacker became a mainstay on the UConn defense for four seasons, playing 44 games, making 341 tackles and adding five sacks and six interceptions. He was a Freshman All-American in 2007 and a team captain in 2009 and 2010.
His senior year, Lutrus helped lead UConn to its first BCS bowl-game appearance in program history, the Fiesta Bowl, which the Huskies lost to Oklahoma 48-20.
“Going beyond our successes here, he went on to UConn and became the face of UConn,” Angarano said. “If you recall driving on 84, he was literally on the billboard. It was a testament to not only his play, but also the type of individual he is. He’s a good person, he’s a good kid. He was one of those guys who knew that, while he may be good, he could always be better. He knew it had to work at it.”
After going undrafted in the 2011 NFL draft, Lutrus signed a free-agent contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars. After being released by the Jaguars, Lutrus was signed off the St. Louis Rams’ practice squad by the Indianapolis Colts. In four games with the Colts in 2011, he was creditted with making seven tackles. After missing the 2012 season with an injury suffered in a preseason game, he was released by the Colts prior to the 2013 season.