To the Editor:
To all my former football players, managers, coaches, cheerleaders, supporters and friends:
I am not good with words, however, I want you to know that I felt very humbled and honored by all that was done for me on April 18.
For whatever part you played in making that day special, know that I thank you and have always been grateful for your support. To the city, county and state leaders, I was especially honored by the Proclamations and Resolution presented on my behalf. It took good players, teammates and coaches working together to achieve those records.
I want to thank each of you and let you know that the honor for me was to coach you and then be able to see the great men that you have become. Because you were good athletes, you made my job a lot easier. Not many schools have athletes that had the abilities you had. I always hoped that you would be able to look back on those “glory days” and apply them to you every day life.
From the conversations we had on Saturday, and your personal comments, I do feel that I made an impact in some way. It was really nice to spend time with you again, to remember those good and not so good times. Peggy had told me that Saturday was a football reunion, and it really was that and more; more than I anticipated or expected. Once a Blue Devil, always a Blue Devil, and I hope you can look back on those days with pride because I was always proud of you and your accomplishments.
Let me know when you plan another football reunion so I can be prepared, some of you still owe me some laps (ha, ha)!
Thank you again, for the memories that I had not forgotten, because the records that you players made were your records. I was just doing my job. It just happened to be a job that I loved. Many of you have heard me say that because of football, I had many opportunities I would never have had and one of those was to get to know you, coach you, appreciate you and love you as I do. I pray that God will continue to bless you.
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