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Through NFL history, a team’s success is often dictated by how good their quarterback is. The 1980’s were ruled by Joe Montana and the 49ers; the 1990’s had Troy Aikman and the Cowboys as well as Steve Young and the Niners; and now the last decade has been dominated by two men, Tom Brady of the Patriots and Peyton Manning of the Colts. The two future hall of fame quarterbacks have squared off nearly every year, either in the regular season or the NFL playoffs. Whether or not you are a fan, getting tickets to see these NFL greats is a must.
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High school football jerseys have become very popular due to the overall popularity of football in general.
The question is, how do you preserve your high school football jersey so you can always remember the season, my teammates, my school?
Here is a great idea, take your jersey and get it professionally framed and matted, exactly how professional athletes frame and mat their jersey. Add a picture of your team, a memorable moment from the season, and a plaque inside the frame and now you have your very own collectible, something you can pass down to your kids.
Otherwise, your high school jersey is just going to get thrown in a closet and get ruined — you might as well memorialize it so you have something to look back on.
Another great idea is to have your high school jersey replicated so your parents can wear it to the games, your fellow students can wear them, and then you can keep the collectible jersey as a piece of your own sports history.
Many high school football fans are doing this with their jerseys now instead of just tossing them after the season. They are also getting them framed instead of doing trophy’s at the end of the year. A good friend of mine gave their coach his son’s framed high school football jersey at the end of the season instead of a trophy and the coach was amazed.
There are a lot of companies out there that can create custom high school football jerseys for you and then frame your jersey after the season is over. With the popularity of sports memorabilia today — and the enormity of high school football, it is becoming the premier way to preserve those high school memories.
Green Bay Packer player Clay Matthews carries on the family name in the NFL. There is a long history of football in the Matthews family going all the way back to Clay Matthews, Sr who was an offensive tackle for the San Francisco 49ers in the 1950’s. His son Clay Matthew, Jr was a linebacker who played for the Cleveland Browns and the Atlanta Falcons. Clay Jr.’s brother Bruce Matthews was one of the best offensive linemen in NFL history and played for the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Oilers/Tennessee Titans franchise from 1983 through 2001. Clay Matthews III is currently a linebacker for the Green Bay Packers and could very well be on his way for NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award. Clay III also has a younger brother Casey who also aspires to NFL status. Casey currently plays as linebacker for the University of Oregon.
The brothers Clay and Bruce, and Clay III and his brother Kyle all attended University of Southern California. Though Clay III entered USC as a walk-on student athlete he was granted a full athletic scholarship in 2006. He was awarded USC’s Co-Special Teams Player of the Year in 2006 and 2007 and was awarded USC’s Co-Special Teams Player of the Year in 2008, making him the only player in USC history to be awarded three consecutive Special Teams Player of the Year awards
One would think the pressure to perform coming from such famous lineage would daunt some players. Not so with Clay Matthews lll! He fully embraces his football heritage and uses the wisdom of his family members who have traveled the road before him to better his game. In a recent interview with Bob Costas, Clay was asked if his family members critiqued his performance? Clay answered, “All the time, all the time, if you’re in the Matthews family it’s tough growing up. They let you know what your doing right and what your doing wrong so, I wouldn’t have it any other way though. They have been very instrumental where I’m at and why I’m here and get me better….I’m going to keep looking to them for guidance”. Pressure from other players can be a motivational tool as Andrea Kremer from NBC Sports reported that Clay III had this to say, “”Players gave me a lot of grief about being a Matthews but it really pushed me. It became one of many motivational tools. There’s great pressure because of the name but it’s not worse than the pressure I put on myself”.
Clay III and his father share not only the DNA that makes them the athletes they are but they also share the honor of being the only father-son to be named Defensive Player of the Week in the NFL. Another strange twist of fate is that they have/had the same strength and conditioning coach, Dave Redding.
By all accounts the Matthews family appears very close and dedicated to family as well as their beloved game. Clay Matthews III has finally come into his own after much hard work and determination.
Creativity, originality and memorability (is there such a word?) do not just happen. Especially when it comes to making up your bowling team names. If you are you still looking for that striking (get it?) name for your bowling team then what you need is a good old fashioned brainstorming session? There are some simple rules and strategies you can follow when creating your own team name. Rule number one for a fun bowling team names session is “no name is too lame”. In fact the more the team groans at any suggestion the better the name.
Rule number two is write ALL bowling team names down because you probably won’t remember them tomorrow because of rule number three. This is Pythagoras’ theorem of team names, where the sum of the fun is equal to the sum of the square of the other two ingredients, beer and pretzels.
Rule number three is “always make time for a rhyme”. Start with a word related to bowling and come up with as many cute or better still raunchy rhyming words as you can. Here are a few to get your poetic juices flowing.
STRIKE, HIKE, LIKE, TYKE, PIKE, DYKE.
SPLIT, WIT, FIT, TIT, HIT, ZIT, MIT, PIT.
GUTTER, FLUTTER, UTTER, MUTTER, STUTTER, PUTTER.
Now I know what you are thinking and I just have four words for you. Remember rule number one and have another beer. I guess that’s eight words so it’s a good thing the machine counts the pins for me.
If you want to avoid cute rhyming then you could try the strategy of picking one or two of the above words and put them together with an adjective for a little more pizzazz. Go for something with a good ring to it, or a little alliteration. Such as;
‘Strikes unlimited’, (or more honestly, ‘strikes every now and then’)
‘Crazy Pin Prowlers’
‘Soft Shoe Shakers’
OK, OK but remember rule number one! I highly recommend you explore the puns and wordplay. A good start is to think of a common phrase that happens to use one of those bowling related words in the list. Simply reuse that phrase and you automatically have a bowling team name with a double meaning. For instance, “Spare Change”, “Wildcat Strikes”, or “Alley Ways” are regular phrases that work well for bowling team names.
If you want to get even more experimental and want a more complex pun, you can try thinking of words, phrases, movie titles, or celebrity names that sound similar or rhyme with bowling terminology. Top of my list would be, “Spare Wars”, “The Umpire Strikes Back”, “Return of the Dead-eye”, “The Magnificent Five”. Or try swapping similar-sounding words in and out of a bowling phrase. Here are a few more ideas along those lines…
Thunder Bawl, Changing Lanes, Alley McBowl, The Mis-Splits, Bowlfinger, The Tenpin Commandments, Axis & Alleys, Split-finger Fast-bowl, The Pin Pricks The Incredibowls. Oh I could go on! Anyway, whatever bowling team you come up with the important thing is to remember rule number one and that bowling isn’t real life. It’s much more important than that!
If we are talking about playing football, I think most of us want to be a striker or forward player, it’s because we think that the striker is the best position in the game and the others just for supporting the striker. And also we think that the striker is a hero for the team because he makes scores and finally wins the game. Sometimes common people say that they win only because of the Forward players or the strikers. But actually, their assumption is wrong, because the main thing that is important in football game is teamwork. Each player in the game must be discipline and do their duty based on their position. Without that, the play will be bad and the team won’t win the game.
In football game, basically we know about 4 positions of players; Goalkeeper (GK), Defender (DF), Midfielder (MF), and Forward or Striker (FW). In each position, they have their main duty in a game. So, what are actually the characteristics of each of them? Okay, let’s check it out.
The first position is a Goalkeeper. Goalkeeper is a position which has a main task to protect the goal post from opponent attack. This position actually is placed in the back of the others position. So, he just stands under the goal post and blocks the ball that comes to the goal. The characteristic of this position is goalkeeper is allowed to touch the ball with his hand.
The second position is a Defender or we usually call it as Back. Someone in this position has main task to protect their area from opponent attack. The position of back is in front of the goalkeeper. Usually in a game, defender is divided into two; Center Back (CB) and Side Back (SB). Center Back is a player who stands in the middle of defense area and in front of the goalkeeper. This kind of position holds the biggest responsibility in team after the Goalkeeper. Then the Side Back is a player who plays in the side of the defense area. Sometimes, this kind of position is helpful when attacking.
The next position is Midfielder. I think this is the most flexible position in the match. Because someone in this position can do everything, both attacking and defending. The midfielders play in the middle of the field. And also, midfielder is a position that is very important in a team. Because, they can make the defender are connected to the forward players. It means that the midfielders are the Playmakers in the game. Actually in the real game, the midfielder is divided into 4 positions; Center Midfielder (CMF), Defending Midfielder (DMF), Attacking Midfielder (AMF), and Side Midfielder. CMF tends to make the beautiful play by giving pass to others teammate. While DMF tends to more help the defender to defense. It means this kind of player is more defensive. Then an AMF is the contrary of DMF. It means that this player is more offensive. And the last is SMF, this player can both defending and attacking in the side of the field. This kind of player is usually called as a Winger.
And the fourth position in football game is a Striker or Forward player. This player has the main task to make scores by driving the ball into the goal post. In this position, the player should have good instinct and can make good positioning. And the Striker should be able to maximize the chance to make a score, because in the real game, the striker is always kept by opponent player.
By knowing about the characteristics of football players, we can conclude that, each position have their own duty and role in playing football. It means that the striker that cannot bring the team into victory without support from their teammate. Also the team cannot win the game without the participation of strikers. So we can say that all types of position in the game are important and each of them cannot stands alone, it means that the most important thing is teamwork. Without that, I think it is hard to reach victory.
You want to get your bridesmaids a special gift to thank them for being in your wedding. Most of the time, this is not too difficult; as long as you pick something pretty and personal, you know that your friends will love it. Unless that bridesmaid happens to be a tomboy, in which case you will have to really get creative to find her a gift that is appropriate and suits her personality.
Tomboys usually do not share the same interests as the more girly-girls. Where one of your bridesmaids might be thrilled to receive a monogrammed cosmetic bag, the tomboy does not even wear makeup. Your feminine bridesmaids will love fancy custom bridesmaid jewelry, but the tomboy doesn’t even have pierced ears. What is a bride to do?
The first thing to keep in mind is that it is more important to give your bridesmaids gifts that they will truly enjoy than it is to give them all the same exact item. You want to be fair in terms of the cost of each gift, but it is perfectly fine to give something different to each of your bridesmaids. When you have friends with contrasting tastes or styles, this may be the only way to go.
For a bridesmaid who is more of a tomboy, you can begin by thinking about her hobbies and interests when searching for the perfect gift. First of all, is she a self-declared tomboy? This will actually make it easier on you, because you don’t run the risk of offending her if you give feminine gifts to your other bridesmaids and some less girly to her.
If your bridesmaid loves sports, this will give you many great possibilities for a bridesmaid gift. You can give her tickets to see a sporting event. Or you can opt for a something like a personalized NFL mug, which is often available where they sell gifts for groomsmen. (But do not give your tomboy friend the same thing that the groom is planning to give his friends; that could really hurt her feelings.)
If you are going to give some of your other bridesmaids personalized gifts, you can do the same for your tomboyish bridesmaid. For instance, perhaps you know that your maid of honor would love a silver pendant engraved with her monogram. You could also give a personalized gift to your other bridesmaid, such as a set of golf balls with her name on them. If she loves tennis, how about a customized racquet cover? Once you get thinking about your bridesmaid’s interests, you will be able to come up with all sorts of creative ideas.
Perhaps she is not into sports, but loves to go out to dinner. Great! A nice bridesmaid gift idea would be a gift card to her favorite restaurant. This type of gift can feel a bit impersonal though, so make sure that you know it is something that your friend would really be pleased to receive. To make a gift like this more special, you could be sure to go to dinner with her after you return from the honeymoon. There is no present more meaningful than the gift of time spent together with friends.
Having a bridesmaid with different interests than the rest of your wedding party can make it tougher to find the perfect gift, but undoubtedly it is her unique personality that makes her a fun friend to have. After all, if all of your bridesmaids were exactly the same in every way, you would only need to have one of them as a friend. It is the individual qualities of each person that make them worth knowing.
When it came to John Riggins everyone knew what to expect. He played by his own rules. He ran hard, and he ran his own way. He was just as likely to show up to team functions in army fatigues as he would in a tuxedo. However, when it was time to play football, he was a no nonsense running back whose strength and speed were only surpassed by his determination and toughness.
Riggins didn’t tire down as the game wore on. The more times that he got the ball, the stronger he seemed to become. The same applied to his NFL career. When other backs would lose a step as they aged, John Riggins picked up momentum with each passing NFL season. He was 35 years old when he recorded his sixth 1000 yard rushing season. While nobody knew what to expect from Riggins off the football field, teammates and fans could always count on exceptional play when it was time to play football.
While still playing at a high level, Riggins shocked the world when he retired from football after posting back to back 1000 yard seasons. One day he just walked out of the Redskins training camp in 1980 and announced his retirement.
Riggins played by his own rules. He was not happy with his contract and with football in general, so decided to leave on his own rules. After spending the offseason on his Kansas farm, he returned to Washington in 1981 and said “I’m bored, I’m broke, and I’m back” Riggins decided he was ready to play football once again.
After Riggins humbling declaration to return to football, he launched his second career as an NFL player. His one year layoff showed during his first season back, but by the end of 1982 he completely regained his form. Entering the playoffs he approached the Redskins coach Joe Gibbs and told him that if he could be given the ball 20 times a game or more, the Redskins would win.
Coach Gibbs took Riggins advice. The next three games, Riggins averaged 148 yards and 33 carries and led the Washington Redskins to Super Bowl XVII.
In the Super Bowl against the Miami Dolphins, the Redskins relied on Riggins heavily. His biggest play came in the 4th quarter. Losing 17-3 and facing fourth and one, Riggins took the handoff, darted to his left and raced 43 yards to the end zone. Behind John Riggins’ 166 yards on a record 38 carries the Washington Redskins won the Super Bowl 27-17.
The following season at the ripened age of 34, John Riggins had his best year as a pro. At the time he retired, he was ranked fourth on the all time rushing list. It was a career that nobody could have predicted. Nobody who didn’t understand the will and determination of John Riggins, that is.
In John Rosenberg’s 40 years as a football coach, he has succeeded at every level. He is a man of many talents and interests; John is also a writer, an inventor, a radio broadcaster, a traveler and much else besides. Nevertheless, football is his passion and he has become one of the finest American football coaches in Europe. In his 16 seasons of coaching in Europe he has compiled an 80% winning record both as a head coach and coordinator for clubs in Germany and Italy. He laid the foundation for this with an outstanding college coaching career.
Growing up in Boston John graduated from Harvard and then obtained his Masters degree in Education at Penn State, where he launched his coaching career spending 11 years under the tutelage of the legendary Penn State head coach, Joe Paterno.
Those seasons under one of the greatest college coaches of all time taught him a great deal with memories that will remain a lifetime. While at Penn State, he coached in 11 bowl games including two national championship games. In 1982, he helped Penn State win its first national championship defeating the University of Georgia (with Herschel Walker) in the Sugar Bowl. However, he admits that one of his most satisfying experiences was coaching against Dan Marino in Marino’s final game at Pitt before heading to the Miami Dolphins.
“I was coaching the defensive secondary and we fell behind 14-0 in the first quarter under Marino’s passing attack,” said Rosenberg. “But Coach Paterno convinced us to remain patient and stick to our plan, and gradually we turned the game around, winning 48-14 while picking off five Marino passes.”
Following Penn State, John took over as head coach at Brown University in 1984 and led them to three straight winning seasons including a 7-3 record in 1987. He left in 1990 to pursue other interests. In 1994 he was enticed to return to coaching full time, this time in Europe. At the urging of an old friend John accepted the job as head coach of the Munich Thunder in the newly-formed Football League of Europe. He guided the team to the championship final in that first season. A key factor was his ability to attract former Notre Dame star QB and Heisman trophy runner-up Tony Rice to the team.
Since then, he has returned to Europe to coach every season but three. He enjoys the lifestyle which allows him to spend five or six months at home, which means both Boston, and Los Angeles, and then six to seven months coaching in Europe. As head coach, or defensive coordinator of teams ranging from the Cologne Crocodiles to the Bergamo Lions, John has reached either the German or Italian finals almost every year but three.
One of his most memorable games was the 2002 German championship when, as coach for the Hamburg Blue Devils, he guided the team to a major upset over the perennial champions, the Braunschweig Lions who were undefeated until that game. He engineered an amazing turnaround when he assumed command of the Munich Cowboys in 2007, after the team had dropped to the very bottom of Division 2 in Germany. In one season he turned a 1-12 squad into a 14-0 undefeated team the next year advancing the team to the first division again.
This year John finds himself in Plattling, a small town in southeast Germany (Bavaria) with a population of about 20,000. The Plattling Blackhawks play in Germany’s top division and John likes the attitude of the club and the fan support.
“The club president has developed good sponsors which has helped in recruiting,” he says. “For a small town like this to be represented in one of the best football leagues in Europe is remarkable.”
Rosenberg has no plans to retire. And why should he? He gets to coach football, enjoy Europe and still get back to enjoy football in North America and all his other interests as well.
You go hard in your football training program…you do the conditioning…you get yourself mentally ready to play…then you still find yourself on the bench!
High School Football can be a brutal experience when your coach doesn’t know you exist…
We all want more playing time. If you’re a true competitor, you never want to leave the field…you want to be there to step up and make a big play when the game is on the line.
But, that’s tough to do if you’re on the bench!
We all go out and lift weights, condition, do speed training, football skill work… but, in some situations, especially in big High School programs, getting a shot at the starting line up can seem almost impossible. You may very well have 4 or 5 guys on a similar skill level (or better) at your position. If you want to beat those guys out, you’ve got to stand out. You may need to do a lot more than you’re currently doing…you may need to work harder than you ever thought possible…
Here are the 7-Steps you need to take to get your Football Coach to notice you and help get you more playing time!
1. Train Harder in the Weight Room
I’m constantly asked which football training workouts are best. Is there a magic answer? One program that will solve all your problems?
While some are better than others, the truth is, no matter how great a football training program is, if you don’t work hard, its all for nothing.
That’s something not a lot of guys are willing to accept. But, in most cases if you want to become a better football player and get your coach to think of you as a starter, you better be prepared to work harder than everyone else. I realize many players think they’re so friggin good that they don’t have to work hard. Good luck with that.
Guys like Jerry Rice, Walter Payton, Michael Irvin, LT, and Ray Lewis are notorious for their insane work ethics. They outwork their competition and the results speak for themselves.
There’s a famous story from the martial arts world about a student who was far behind his classmates in skill. He asked his master what to do and the master replied:
“You will train harder than everyone else. When your classmates are sleeping, you train. When they are taking meals, you train. When they take breaks, you train”
And, as the story goes, this student eventually surpassed all of them and became a legendary master of the arts.
Now, obviously, football training is hard and you can’t burn out. So, you have to rest and recover just as hard as you traing, but, the idea is the same. You must train harder than everyone else. If there’s one thing that I know for a fact that coaches notice, it’s hard work. If you’re on the bubble of being a major player and you work harder than the other guy, trust me, you’ll get the shot. (That’s how I did it)
2. Don’t Miss Workouts/Practices/Or Be Late
Unless someone died, do NOT miss workouts. Ever. Not if you feel sick, or your girlfriend is bustin your chops, or because you “just don’t feel like it today.” – I heard a guy once tell a coach that…needless to say, the coach’s head just about exploded.
If you miss workouts, you come off as lazy. That’s true in the eyes of strength coaches, position coaches, and head coaches alike…and, your fellow players will notice. No one wants to go into battle with a guy when you’re not sure you can count on him to show up.
If you’re really hurt, your coach will understand. He’ll tell you to take time off. But, don’t come up with a bunch of bullshit phantom injuries whenever you don’t feel like training.
Same goes for practice. Wanna lose a starting job or lose out on one? Don’t practice…even once. Trust me, someone will be there to steal it right away from you. Just because someone is your backup doesn’t mean you’re better…ask Tom Brady and Drew Bledsoe….and, if you’re the back up, POUNCE on any opportunity that you can get like this.
Never every be late to the weightroom, the practice field, meetings, film sessions. In fact, be 5 minutes early. If you’re on time, you’re late, as Tom Coughlin would say.
3. Study and Ask Questions
I’ve seen many a talented player get his ass put on the bench because he can’t figure out the plays. Or know left from right, or be able to figure out the signals. Don’t be that guy.
Seriously, I’ve seen running backs who were flat out studs not be able to play because they constantly run the wrong hole, to the wrong side, or can’t figure out blocking assignments. If you want your coach to notice you in a very bad way, try not knowing the plays.
And, study a bit on the strength training side as well. Learn a little, it won’t kill you.
Learn to study game film like its your job. Your film, your opponent’s game film, and film of players in your position who play at a higher level (college, pros, etc). Don’t just watch the film like you’re watching a game on Sunday afternoon….learn from it. Study it. Play it back a million times. Take notes.
If you are unsure about how to really break down film, ask your coach to help you. Trust me, they’ll be more than happy to help.
Watch your opponent. Does he tip pass plays with his stance? Does the other team always run out of a certain formation? Get to know this stuff. Notice tendencies and ask your coach about them. Again, they’ll be more than happy to help you with it. Every single coach I spoke to when working on this article agreed on this – they want players who understand the game and take the initiative to study film and learn – to go above and beyond what is required.
4. Everyday Hustlin
Football and Football Training – Always be Hustling…or this kid will take your job
Never. Stop. Hustling.
That’s true in football, training, life, business…never stop because the minute you do, someone will replace your ass.
Don’t walk on the field. Don’t lolligag through drills. Don’t half-ass it in the weightroom.
Hustle will get you noticed. If you’re on the bubble of being a starter, it could put you over the top. On the other hand, if you decide you have the job all to yourself and start loafing, you’ll lose that job faster than a set of keys.
Jerry Rice was famous for running every single pass route into the end zone during practice. Every route all the way in. This was all about finishing. Hustling. Never stopping. Bill Romonowski talks about how, in his rookie season, he observed Rice doing this, and, in order to get noticed both on the field and in film, would chase Rice down…all the way to the end zone. He was a starter by mid-season…As a rookie…on a Championship team.
5. Be The First
Simple. Always be first. First:
To jump in a drill
In the weightroom
In the film room
On the field
Being the first guy to jump into a drill, especially a contact drill like tackling, one-on-one’s, etc, will get you noticed in a hurry.
I often talk about how my good friend Matt Mazzoni and I would always…I mean always…be the first two guys out on any line drill. Didn’t matter that we were mis-matched in size. We got out and set the tempo for the entire line. Matt won the starting Center job from an upper classmen who was much bigger than him. It was his hard work in training camp that got him noticed.
6. Get Your Butt on Specials
This one will be short. It blows me the hell away how many guys who don’t start and complain about lack of playing time absolutely refuse to play special teams.
Talk about a guy who exemplifies everything Explosive Football Training is all about. Don Beebe chases down Leon Lett from 70-yards away to save a touchdown even when it didn’t matter. Beebe was a special teams stud who built a hell of a career through hard training and a never ending supply of hustle
I saw it a ton this season on my own team. Guys who had some talent but felt they weren’t getting a fair shot. They bitched and complained. But, when the coaches were putting special teams together, these guys hid. I don’t know if it was fear or they felt special teams were below them…doesn’t matter. They blew it.
Just as you have the entire football training off-season to prove yourself in the weightroom and in the conditioning program, you have special teams to show off your hard work by making some big plays. It’s pretty common in the NFL for guys to start off on Special Teams and eventually turn themselves into starters. Not everyone is a 1st round draft pick.
If you’re not getting a chance to shine, get your ass on special teams and go make a big block, a big hit and be consistently good. Force a fumble on Punt Team and see if the coaches don’t take notice.
7. Outwork, Outlast, Outperform
This is what we’ve been talkin about all along. Let’s not sugar coat things…if you want to be a starter, be prepared to work harder than everyone else.
Or, as the old saying goes, “Ya gotta pay your dues if you want to make the news, and you know it don’t come easy.”
Even if you’re not blessed genetically, get to work. Become the guy who is the poster child for the football training program. Be the guy everyone looks to for inspiration. Be the guy who doesn’t go easy in your workouts…who always shows up…who always goes all out.
Your teammates will respect you and the coaches will take notice.
Work your butt off on the field, in the weight room, in the film room…work hard, recover hard, eat well. Never stop.
And, be prepared to simply keep working hard no matter what. There will be set backs but you’ve got to keep pushing. You have to outlast. Sometimes you have to wait for an injury…or a chance to make a big special teams play…whatever it is, be patient, and, when your time comes, hold nothing back. Do this and your coaches will notice and you’ll find yourself as a starter.
Who will ever forget Sandra Bullock’s constant grumbling to coach Burt Cotton in the Academy Award winning film The Blind Side? The story of Michael Oher and his journey to the NFL is heartwarming and, now, it might be time to start on a sequel. Coach Cotton in the movie is really coach Hugh Freeze, a native Mississipian who today landed his dream job as he was named the new head football coach at the University of Mississippi.
Freeze, a graduate of Southern Mississippi in 1992, got his first coaching job at Briarcrest Christian School (the real name of the movie’s Wingate Christian School) that very same year. He was the team’s offensive coordinator and defensive backs coach before being named the head coach in 1995. Freeze won two state titles (2002 and 2004) at Briarcrest and was named the Region 8-AA Coach of the Year five times and the Associated Press Coach of the Year six times.
Freeze then followed his standout offensive lineman, Oher, the Mississippi where, in 2005, he became an assistant athletic director for football external affairs. The next season he would become the tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator, positions he held until 2007 when then head coach Ed Orgeron was let go. In 2008 Freeze found himself coaching at NAIA Lambuth University (TN) where he went 20-5 in two seasons including an 11-0 perfect regular season in 2009. The school went to its first playoff game in 11 years and finished the year at 12-1 and the sixth-ranked team in all of NAIA.
In 2010 Freeze joined the coaching staff at Arkansas State as offensive coordinator and after Steve Roberts resigned at the end of the season, Freeze was named the new head coach. The Red Wolves have thrived under Freeze’s potent spread offense, but, surprisingly, have been very good on defense as well, ranking 15th in the country in scoring defense yielding 19.3 points per game.
Freeze inherits a team that did not win an SEC game this year, going 0-8 in the conference and 2-10 overall, one of the wins versus FCS (formerly Div. I-AA) Southern Illinois. With a defense ranked near the bottom of FBS in several categories and an offense that is not much better, the task ahead will be mighty, but Freeze has won everywhere he has been. He is busy putting together his staff and reportedly his receivers coach Grant Heard and his defensive line coach Chris Kiffin will follow him from Arkansas State to their new home at Ole Miss.
Doug Flutie seemed to be a fan favorite wherever he played. He captured the attention of a nation for his play at Boston College University, he was one of the most popular and successful quarterbacks to ever play in the Canadian Football League, and he was even popular on the rosters of the four different teams he played with in the National Football League.
Here is a look at some interesting facts surrounding the TD passes that Doug Flutie threw while in the NFL.
#1 Doug Flutie was most effective during the second quarter. During his time in the NFL he threw 17 touchdown passes in the first quarter, 16 in the third quarter, and 22 in the fourth quarter. During the second quarter he surpassed these numbers by far as he put up 31 TD passes in that period.
#2 The first NFL touchdown pass that Flutie ever threw came during his rookie year and was completed to one of the greatest players to ever play the game. It came during the second quarter of a 48-14 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers while he was playing for the Chicago Bears. The pass went for 27 yards and was caught by eventual Pro Football Hall of Fame member Walter Payton. His first post season TD pass came that same season and went for 50 yards to Willie Gault in a loss to the Washington Redskins.
#3 No player caught more NFL touchdown passes from Doug Flutie than Buffalo Bills wide receiver Eric Moulds. Together, they teamed up to score 15 times during their brief time as teammates.
#4 During his career, Flutie threw more touchdowns against a team that he also played for than he did against anyone else. He threw eight TD passes against the New England Patriots, barely edging out the seven he threw against the Indianapolis Colts.
#5 The longest touchdown pass that he would throw in the NFL went for 84 yards during a 25-21 loss to the New England Patriots. It was caught by speedy receiver Eric Moulds.