In part of trying to take a bigger role in the community along with their Titans Tuesdays, where the players travel to different schools and hospitals, the Tennessee Titans have also now started a “Titans High School Football Coach of the Week” award.
This week’s football coach is Jason Fitzgerald of Hixson High School. The team’s story is a Cinderella type in their ability to overcome odds in situations. As a part of the award, Titans owner Bud Adams will donate $1,000 to the Hixson High School football program in honor of their coach.
Throughout the season the Titans will choose one coach a week to present this award to and all of the finalists will be in attendance for the December 30 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Each of those coaches will become eligible to win the “Coach of the Year” award, in which Adams will make an additional $2,000 donation to that particular school.
October is a month where a lot of NFL players will start to show a lot of donations. You saw a lot of it start in the Monday night game between the Chicago Bears and Dallas Cowboys. Being breast cancer awareness month it is common to see a lot of pink on the field.
Players are touched by illnesses like this daily. One of the biggest donators is 4-0 Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (no relation to Coach Fitzgerald), who lost his mother to breast cancer. It is very important to show younger generations that coming together to fight a cause is helpful and more importantly effective.
It’s even more important to recognize the coaches that get to teach these kids the game every day. Many people think that being a coach is always a fun job, but it’s not it is hard work, and a lot like being a parent. Without coaches there would be no sports. They are some of the most important people in the industry.
Congratulations to Coach Fitzgerald and all other coaches to follow.