Former Baldwin great celebrates national title with Ferris football team

Childress a wide receiver for championship Bulldog squad

A sign at the McKinney, Texas, Stadium, site of the Ferris State vs. Valdosta State NCAA Division II national championship game recognied former Baldwin standout Brandon Childress as a wide receiver.

A sign at the McKinney, Texas, Stadium, site of the Ferris State vs. Valdosta State NCAA Division II national championship game recognied former Baldwin standout Brandon Childress as a wide receiver.

Star photo/John Raffel

BIG RAPIDS – Brandon Childress was an all-state basketball and football player at Baldwin, who performed in football for a couple of seasons at Central Michigan before transferring to Ferris earlier this year.

When he found out he was eligible for NCAA Division II football at Ferris, Childress made the move, with the hope he would be playing for a national champion.

He got his wish. Ferris beat Valdosts State 58-17 on Dec. 18 in McKinney, Texas, for the national crown.

"I love him,” Ferris coach Tony Annese said of Childress. "He came into a situation where we had a lot of returning receivers. He's been a part of the group and he's been one of the best leaders we’ve got. We love how he's done business. It’s been great to have him on the team.”

Childress was smiling from ear-to-ear when he stepped off the bus on Sunday, Dec. 20, arriving back om Big Rapids from the national championship game in McKinney, Texas.

“I’m excited to be back and be a national champion, to come back with the trophy and get the win,” he said.

Childress had landed a grad assistant’s job in Missouri but a year ago officially signed for a scholarship to go to school at Ferris and play football.

“From the day I met these guys, I knew we had, from the discussions we had, the talent to compete at this level,” Childress said. “That was the beauty of this team. We had depth at every position. We could go three deep if we needed to. It was a blessing to be a part of a great team.”

Of all his experiences in sports, being on a national championship team “is definitely at the top,” Childress said. “Being a national champion, nothing beats that.”

Chidress hopes he can be on the 2022 Bulldog team.

“I’m trying to get another medical (redshirt) year through Central Michigan,” he said. “I’ll probably have another season. That’s the beauty of this team. Coach Annese has done such a great job recruiting and making sure there’s a level of talent at every position and every grade level. It’s going to be exciting.”