CJ Rose – Class of 1992
Induction Class of 2018 – Basketball, Football
C.J. Rose is a 1992 graduate of Clinton High School. He was a three-time varsity letter winner in football and track, and a two-time winner in basketball and baseball.
During his River King football career, C.J. made the All-Elite State Team, 1st Team All-State, and was selected twice for All-Conference and All Metro/Quad City area. He played on the 1991-92 state-qualifying football team. In his River King basketball career, he was awarded All-Conference, All-Metro/Quad City selection and All-State Honorable Mention and was a member of the “’92 Crew” that won the state tournament. In track, Rose made it to the Iowa State Track Meet and Drake Relays three times. In baseball, he was a member of the team that set a school record for wins in a season.
Rose went on to play football at Northern Illinois University where he was a four-year letter winner and was selected three-time All-Conference, and two-time 1st Team All-Conference. He was also 4th in the nation for Tackles for Losses with 18. He is a member of the All-Century and All-Decade Teams for the 90’s at NIU.
From 1996 to 1999, C.J. played professional football with the Albany Firebirds, who won the Arena Bowl Championship in 1999. He also played in the Canadian Football League with the Toronto Argonauts and Edmonton Eskimos.
Rose went on to become the Director of Growth and Acquisitions for a mortgage company in the Chicagoland area where he resides with his wife, Lesley, and his three children, Lexus, Quinton, and Zoe.