Coaches have an impact

Published 6:29 am Monday, December 8, 2008

By By Chandler Myers
While reading a story on Yahoo! Sports, it occurred to me that the subject I was reading about struck me as odd.
The story was about Roddy White, a wide receiver for the Atlanta Falcons and former receiver for the UAB Blazers, and how he has learned the value of hardwork from his position coach with the Falcons.
White is an natural athlete and a great receiver. The problem he faced was he wanted to have more fun off the field than on it. It showed in his first two seasons playing in the NFL.
White was always out club hopping and partying, and that began to affect his play.
His coach Terry Robiskie stepped in at a point in the offseason to let White know he needed to change his ways or he wouldn’t make it in the NFL. Robiskie even went as far as having dinner with White’s mother and getting her cell phone number in case he needed her to help straighten White out.
This subject made sit back and wonder what the coaches in this area are doing for their players. Are they setting good examples and keeping them out of trouble?
It would be a great thing for coaches if they aren’t to make a presence in their players lives because it could be beneficial to them and help their performance on the field.
Chandler Myers is sports editor of the Atmore Advance. He can be reached at 368-2123.

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