Middleton among coaches named to HOF

Published 9:36pm Friday, April 5, 2013

Atmore native Ron Middleton loves coaching. Even more, he says, than playing the game of football, which he did in Atmore, at Auburn University and for ten years in the National Football League.

Now Middleton is one of six men being inducted into the 2013 class of the Atmore Area Hall of fame and one of three from the athletics category.

“I enjoy the gratification of seeing a player doing something you taught him to do,” the Super Bowl Champion said during an interview with The Advance earlier this year. “Playing was the easy part.”

Middleton recently took a job as the tight ends and assistant special teams coach with the Jacksonville Jaguars after five years with Duke. He was hired on Feb. 7.

Middleton is a 1982 graduate of Escambia County High School. He played football at Auburn under legendary head coach Pat Dye and went on to play for a decade in the NFL, including as part of the Super Bowl champion Washington Redskins of 1991.

As a coach, Middleton has worked for the Troy University, the University of Mississippi, The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the University of Alabama and Duke University before taking his most recent job with the Jaguars.

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