Senior captain... Moved to LB as senior after starting junior year at DE... Played final five regular season games, helping Central to 6-4 regular season and appearance in 8A state playoffs... Contributed 83 total tackles, four QB sacks and two forced fumbles as senior... As junior DE, notched 97 total tackles, four sacks and one touchdown... Redhawks reached state quarterfinals in 2006... Earned All-City status as junior... Named by Chicago Tribune as one of area's Top 20 recruits... Also earned varsity letters in water polo and swimming... Named to all-conference academic squad all four years of high school... Participated in conference's leadership council as senior.
Joshua Lee Jelesky... Son of Richard and Beth Jelesky... Born on May 17, 1990... Dad is regional sales manager; mom is hospital quality and risk director... Older brother, Chris, plays on Univ. of Kentucky rugby team... Grandfather earned undergraduate and medical school degrees from Vanderbilt; grandmother attended Peabody College, now part of the Vanderbilt campus... Mom was born at Vanderbilt Medical Center... Uncle, Tom Jelesky, played OT for Philadelphia Eagles... New Orleans Saints' head coach Sean Payton is Central alum.
CENTRAL HEAD COACH MIKE STINE
"Josh has been an excellent team leader for our football team. His teammates thought enough of Josh to vote him as a postseason captain. Josh was a very productive player in an extremely competitive league."
"Josh is one of our hardest workers on the practice field. And he's willing to do what's best for the team. This year, he moved from his natural position (defensive end) to interior linebacker because that's what the team needed.
"Josh runs well, and has the mental capacity and physical toughness that teams are looking for. He has the speed to play effectively off the edge and has the frame to get a lot bigger."