Experience the power of how I became a High School Coach in this lifestyle blog
Well as a little boy i wasn't really into football. I was more into airplanes. My dad would sometime take me to airshows where we would watch the Blue Angels etc. That was one of the things that got me interested in Military Aircraft and I became fascinated with all Military Aircraft. Another thing that got me into Military Aircraft was this movie that came out called Top Gun. This one movie was the greatest recruiting propaganda of all time. Tom Cruise as the Ace Pilot who in the end gets the hot girl. What young boy would not be interested in flying Aircraft after that. Well i was i began to learn all the names of the different Aircraft and there specialties. The F-14 tomcat was my favorite because that is the one Tom Cruise flew. The Blue Angels flew the F-16 i liked those to.
In Florida playing football is a rite of passage.In this lifestyle blog, I will tell you I was already playing the game with no pads with my cousins and friends. We were already organizing ourselves and disciplining ourselves. We were already running plays and strategizing. We were already becoming young men and tough guys. The environment of North Florida with its humidity and heat would pay dividends for me in the future. I have never been a very big guy. I was a skinny kid with the heart of a lion. I had one of my best friends who was the most passionate football fan i knew growing up. He was a big Nebraska Corn husker fan. This guy was so fascinated with the game that he would keep stats of his rushing yards,passing,receiving in a notebook. This guy was also a fan of Dinosaurs. He love reading about those huge animals. He had books on them and there names. If he would have devoted himself he could have been a Coach or a Anthropologist. We had some great football battles back in the day. We played full speed tackle football with no pads. Running straight up the middle and throwing deep that is how we played. Another thing that helped me develop toughness was climbing trees playing tag with these same guys. We also wrestled alot. We would pretend we was the Junk Yard Dog or Rick Flair. We would practice putting each other in the figure four and sleeper hold on each other. We would have simulation wars by shooting BB guns at each other. I know you may say we were crazy but that is what develop me into the crazy mad dog football player i became. As i got older and stronger i became interested in playing organized football. I asked my Grandmother and Mother could i play but they said no. I became so upset and went outside to myself and started crying. I guess my Grandmother felt sorry and could not believe i was so interested in playing this sport that they gave in and let me play. I signed up for one of the funeral home football teams in the area. Back then funeral homes had football leagues. All the guys that were interested in playing football played little league football for these funeral home teams. Me and my cousin on my dad side signed up. We received our equipment and began practice. We were so excited that one day after football practice me and my cousin went home put our pads back on and went in the back yard and played 1 on 1 full speed tackle. We would throw the football simulating a kickoff and we would try to run it back and score while the other one would have to tackle you. We would then take the football from the spot we got tackled and try to run it in for a score while the other one would have to stop you. Imagine that two kids in the back yard playing 1 on 1 full pads and full speed tackle. This is how you become good and that is what we did. I was assigned to playing Defensive End. I don't know why maybe the coaches saw my height but this became my main position that i would stick with for the rest of my football career. I wasn't a very big kid but i had become tough as nails growing up with my friends. I liked playing Defensive End because it allowed me to use my long arms and athleticism to keep my opponent from my body. The coaches taught me that playing Defensive you have to have a great get off. A great get off is when you watch the football and as soon as it moves an inch you are on your way to making big plays. My coach also taught me that when playing Defensive End the angle you make should look like and upside down L. By taking this angle i could stop running backs from getting outside of me. As a Defensive End your job is to funnel everything back inside where there is help. The worst thing for a Defensive End is to let a play get outside of you. I liked that because I had to be smart and athletic at the same time. We played a couple of games and i got better and better. When i played pee wee football the Defensive Ends would stand up like outside linebackers. We did not do Individual drills we practice as a team mostly. We scrimmaged a lot and there is nothing like live action to learn how to play the game. The kids i play with were tough kids that was always outside growing up. In Florida it get so hot that you can literally see the heat. Add to the heat that 98% humidity and you have a recipe for developing great athletes..
The year 1987 was a pivotal one for me. I was just finishing up the 7th grade going to the 8th. I spent my summer working to help save some money up to buy my school clothes. I was also saving up money to help buy my bus ticket to Sacramento,California. My mother had just moved out there and we would be moving out there about the time school would be starting. I stayed with my Grandmother while working. A couple of months passed by and it was now time to take the Greyhound bus all the way out to the wild wild west. Me and my little brother boarded the Greyhound and began our move to Sacramento,California.It was a long exciting trip going thru all those cities. Went went thru New Orleans,Houston,San Antonio,Phoenix,Los Angeles,and finally arrived in Sacramento after 3 long days. My mother meet us at Sacramento Greyhound station. I am a long way from Florida. Everything looks different but there are some similarities to Florida. I see a lot of palm trees. I also see mountains and it is extremely hot. I am in a valley surrounded by mountains. The valley is called the San Joaquin Valley.
from Sacramento. It was also snowing when we got there. This was my first time ever seeing snow. I was hype for this game and so were my teammates. The game started out like all of our games against them in a battle. We would score then they would score. Back and forth. They eventually won the game and we were knocked out of the playoffs. During track season I tore my Anterior cruciate ligament. I would be on cruches for the rest of the school year. I would graduate early and move back to Tallahassee Florida.
I am now back home in beautiful Tallahassee Florida the capital city. I will be staying with my
While coming of age in Sacramento California there were there video games systems that were released called the Nintendo and Genesis. On Nintendo there was a video game football game that came out called Tecmo Bowl. It was the first realistic video game that came ever. The video game football games before that were not very realistic and only had x and o's. You had to role a ball around to move the players not very fun at all. When Tecmo Bowl came out it changed the game. Tecmo Bowl was the first football video game where the players looked like football players. They had real professional teams and real professional attributes like speed and power. It felt real. My favorite team from when I was a little kid was the Miami Dolphins. Tecmo Bowl had them on this game game. Dan Marino had an arm and Mark Duper and Mark Clayton was going to get it. I played my best friend everyday during the summer. He played with the San Francisco Forty Niners. Other teams that were good on the game was Cleveland Browns. The Cleveland Browns had Kevin Mack. Kevin Mack was a monster and would truck and toss defenders around on Tecmo Bowl. Other memorable teams on the game were The Oakland Raiders. The Oakland Raiders had Marcus Allen. Marcus Allen was fast and would take it to the house. The Raiders also had Bo Jackson who had speed and power. I played with them a lot. I would run some of the plays we were running in high school against my buddy.