How do you perceive Marv Levy and Bud Grant?
As coaches, it is important to realize that we can impact the outcome of games but we cannot control them. Thus, we cannot let the results of games or seasons define us as coaches or individuals. During the month of May, I will be recognized at two banquets with Coach of the Year Awards after winning the 2017 Vermont Division I State Football Championship.
Such recognition and reputation can be a fickle thing. We were a play away from me joining Marv Levy (Buffalo Bills) and Bud Grant (Minnesota Vikings) as head coaches who regularly took their teams to championship games but could not win them. We had earned our way into the championship game in 2014 and 2016 but came up short in both. In 2017, we relinquished a comfortable halftime lead and had to make a stop late to win the game. We made our stand on the 11-yard line, with 11 seconds to go, to win the game. We made the stop… and I am elected Coach of the Year. If we did not make that stop, I would have lost 3 state championships in 4 years.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m both flattered and thankful to be recognized by my fellow coaches. I’m thankful we had such a tremendous group of dedicated players, coaches, families, and a community who supported us. But I’m most thankful this game and this school give me the opportunity to have a positive impact on the lives of our student-athletes and gives me the opportunity to pay forward the investments so many great coaches made in me. Super Bowl wins or not, my guess is Marv Levy and Bud Grant might say the same thing.
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