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433 [TotalFark]
2021-12-07 3:58:34 PM  
Why?  They didn't major in sports medicine or kinesiology in college?
 
2021-12-07 4:25:51 PM  
Many of them are rich and can afford to take a job they enjoy and have most of the summer off?
 
2021-12-07 4:46:20 PM  
You have something against paying it forward, subby?

I think it's admirable that NFL players like to return to the place where it all got started for them and donate their time and energy to rearing the next generation. Football instills good morals and life lessons, commitment and work ethic, and if a returning former pro player can galvanize his school into this purpose, what's wrong with that?

It's a lot better than living in a cardboard box in the streets after countless medical complications wipe out their pro football salaries/pensions.
 
2021-12-07 4:48:24 PM  
Because a degree from Alabama is only useful for football?
 
2021-12-07 4:48:34 PM  
Some people enjoy the game of football

Film at 11
 
2021-12-07 4:50:55 PM  
Whats wrong subby, your esports not pulling in the ratings you expected?
 
2021-12-07 4:53:35 PM  
A lot of people only know one thing. If you only know coding, why aren't you going into architecture?
It's like any other profession. You don't work as an Arborist for 10 years and suddenly become an economist. You don't spend most of your life as an auto mechanic and suddenly become Thoracic surgeon.

People do what they know.
 
2021-12-07 4:57:59 PM  
In HS we had a football coach that played for the giants. I think it was only about three seasons and he didn't amount to much IIRC. I don't even remember his name either.
 
2021-12-07 5:16:25 PM  
Half of those guys graduated with degrees in general studies.  The other half didn't graduate.  However, every single one of them has the equivalent of a PhD in Football.  Whether or not they can then effectively teach others how to get a meaningful degree while avoiding crippling head injuries, is the deciding factor.
 
2021-12-07 5:24:05 PM  
My daughter's middle school gym teacher was a former NFL player who had a highlight-reel play in the Super Bowl to give the 49ers their first Super Bowl championship.  And now he's not even a high school football coach, but rather, a P.E. teacher to 7th & 8th graders. He seemed to like it though.
 
2021-12-07 5:39:47 PM  
Do what you love, do what you know. Given most players need to work after short careers, it makes me sense to go to into coaching or media. There are a lot more coaching jobs available than media jobs
 
2021-12-07 5:55:46 PM  
It's pretty cool, imagine how awesome it would be to be the players and play under those guys. Who cares if they are superstars or not?

Most of the good reasons as to why have already been stated. It would also allow a lot of players to return to their home town/states and stay connected to that world. They don't need the money (in most cases), so they do what they love.
 
2021-12-07 5:55:49 PM  
Because coaching football is fun. I coached HS and small college for years and I loved it. Had to give it up when the kids started getting older and I needed to make more money but I miss it. Some people like the game, Subby. I'm sorry that some idiotic fb players picked on you in school. Most of us didn't do that shiat.
 
2021-12-07 6:00:10 PM  
When I played youth football, a coach on one of the other teams said he played in the NFL. Turned out to be a lie.
 
2021-12-07 6:00:59 PM  

Cyberluddite: My daughter's middle school gym teacher was a former NFL player who had a highlight-reel play in the Super Bowl to give the 49ers their first Super Bowl championship.  And now he's not even a high school football coach, but rather, a P.E. teacher to 7th & 8th graders. He seemed to like it though.


I've met Dan Bunz.  He seemed about to be on a 7th-8th grade intellect, so that sounds like a perfect fit for him.
 
2021-12-07 6:03:02 PM  
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2021-12-07 6:16:02 PM  
One of my high school PE coaches was Mike Holmgren. Sometimes they start as high school coaches.

He intentionally mispronounced my last name, like every coach I've ever had. One letter off from Hefner, so I was Hefner. I didn't mind. Told them he was my uncle.
 
2021-12-07 6:23:52 PM  

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Look how skinny those European football coaches are. I bet none of them can tackle a 260 lb. fullback power run through the A gap.
 
2021-12-07 6:29:07 PM  

phishrace: He intentionally mispronounced my last name, like every coach I've ever had.


Just like that dude, Brett.

His last name is French, should be pronounced Fov-re. With a rolled R.

But some uncultured high school coach called him Farv and no one bothered to correct him, and Brett just went with it, so that's the name he got saddled with for the rest of his career.
 
2021-12-07 6:29:10 PM  

Ishkur: LewDux: [external-content.duckduckgo.com image 492x330]

Look how skinny those European football coaches are. I bet none of them can tackle a 260 lb. fullback power run through the A gap.


Duh, they're all kickers.
 
2021-12-07 6:41:27 PM  

foo monkey: Ishkur: LewDux: [external-content.duckduckgo.com image 492x330]

Look how skinny those European football coaches are. I bet none of them can tackle a 260 lb. fullback power run through the A gap.

Duh, they're all kickers.


Kickers aren't real people.
 
2021-12-07 6:43:46 PM  

The Lone Biker of the Apocalypse: Because coaching football is fun. I coached HS and small college for years and I loved it. Had to give it up when the kids started getting older and I needed to make more money but I miss it. Some people like the game, Subby. I'm sorry that some idiotic fb players picked on you in school. Most of us didn't do that shiat.


Lotta folks on this site still feel the phantom wedgie.

If it weren't for the sportsball, the girl in their English/Lit class would have finally stopped being such a stuck up biatch and seen what nice guys they are.
 
2021-12-07 7:02:37 PM  

Ishkur: LewDux: [external-content.duckduckgo.com image 492x330]

Look how skinny those European football coaches are. I bet none of them can tackle a 260 lb. fullback power run through the A gap.


Could be worse, could be wrestling coach in Winnipeg
 
2021-12-07 7:06:25 PM  

foo monkey: Ishkur: LewDux: [external-content.duckduckgo.com image 492x330]

Look how skinny those European football coaches are. I bet none of them can tackle a 260 lb. fullback power run through the A gap.

Duh, they're all kickers.


Give them a handshake and they fall to the ground holding their knee, writhing in agony.
 
2021-12-07 7:12:12 PM  

LewDux: Ishkur: LewDux: [external-content.duckduckgo.com image 492x330]

Look how skinny those European football coaches are. I bet none of them can tackle a 260 lb. fullback power run through the A gap.

Could be worse, could be wrestling coach in Winnipeg


Is this a Venetian Snares reference?
 
2021-12-07 7:21:53 PM  

Ishkur: phishrace: He intentionally mispronounced my last name, like every coach I've ever had.

Just like that dude, Brett.

His last name is French, should be pronounced Fov-re. With a rolled R.

But some uncultured high school coach called him Farv and no one bothered to correct him, and Brett just went with it, so that's the name he got saddled with for the rest of his career.


Like me, I'm wondering if he might've been okay with it. 'Muricans ain't good at rolling their Rs. Great at rolling dice and doobies, not so great with Rs.
 
2021-12-07 7:28:59 PM  

phishrace: Ishkur: phishrace: He intentionally mispronounced my last name, like every coach I've ever had.

Just like that dude, Brett.

His last name is French, should be pronounced Fov-re. With a rolled R.

But some uncultured high school coach called him Farv and no one bothered to correct him, and Brett just went with it, so that's the name he got saddled with for the rest of his career.

Like me, I'm wondering if he might've been okay with it. 'Muricans ain't good at rolling their Rs. Great at rolling dice and doobies, not so great with Rs.


I have a Hispanic friend that got married and took the last name Rourke. It's funny listening to her try to pronounce her last name.
 
2021-12-07 7:32:50 PM  

Ishkur: LewDux: Ishkur: LewDux: [external-content.duckduckgo.com image 492x330]

Look how skinny those European football coaches are. I bet none of them can tackle a 260 lb. fullback power run through the A gap.

Could be worse, could be wrestling coach in Winnipeg

Is this a Venetian Snares reference?


Why? Why it wasn't Canadian football coach? Oh well eh
 
2021-12-07 7:54:34 PM  
I like Subby's thought process because it makes a lot of sense, agreeing with it is the only reasonable option.
 
2021-12-07 8:14:02 PM  
Philip Rivers is coaching because he will soon have enough of his own kids to have is own football team.
 
2021-12-07 8:30:07 PM  

drunk_bouncnbaloruber: Because a degree from Alabama is only useful for football?


You ever stop and think about what the total economic impact of football is in this nation? From youth leagues to the NFL, how many people earn at least a part time paycheck because of football? How much cash circulates?

Way more than all the art museums.

We make fun of kids "majoring in football", and we give art history majors a pass. Maybe that's backwards.
 
2021-12-07 8:34:43 PM  

mactheknife: Cyberluddite: My daughter's middle school gym teacher was a former NFL player who had a highlight-reel play in the Super Bowl to give the 49ers their first Super Bowl championship.  And now he's not even a high school football coach, but rather, a P.E. teacher to 7th & 8th graders. He seemed to like it though.

I've met Dan Bunz.  He seemed about to be on a 7th-8th grade intellect, so that sounds like a perfect fit for him.


If I could take a job in which folks had to call me Mister Bunz, I'd take it for 20/hour, maybe less.
 
2021-12-07 8:45:31 PM  
That was a sweet story. Men who played a backyard boys' game professionally want to pass their skills and wisdom along to new generations. Not gonna snark on that. (Normally I would, but in a mellow mood, I guess.)
 
2021-12-07 9:04:19 PM  
I'm trained to do one thing........dentistry. If I lost the ability to practice, I would teach. It's all I know. I can't exactly become a nuclear physicist, and I wouldn't be paid enough as a 7-11 cashier.
 
2021-12-07 9:46:31 PM  

WoodyHayes: I like Subby's thought process because it makes a lot of sense, agreeing with it is the only reasonable option.


UNCO
 
2021-12-07 9:48:03 PM  

Nick el Ass: Philip Rivers is coaching because he will soon have enough of his own kids to have is own football team.


The Rivers vs the Cromarties
 
2021-12-07 10:55:28 PM  

abhorrent1: A lot of people only know one thing. If you only know coding, why aren't you going into architecture?


For a moment, I was thinking about software architects and was curious where else do you think they come from?

Then I remembered buildings are a thing.
 
2021-12-07 10:56:01 PM  

groppet: In HS we had a football coach that played for the giants. I think it was only about three seasons and he didn't amount to much IIRC. I don't even remember his name either.


Three seasons in the pros is absolutely "amounting to much".
 
2021-12-07 11:05:48 PM  
There are almost 28,000 US high schools and there are hundreds of NFL players leaving the game every year. I'm shocked that there are so few high school football coaches that are former NFLers.
 
2021-12-07 11:06:27 PM  

Harry Wagstaff: Many of them are rich and can afford to take a job they enjoy and have most of the summer off?


The vast majority of NFL players don't leave the game with enough money to actually retire on.
 
2021-12-07 11:43:54 PM  

meanmutton: Harry Wagstaff: Many of them are rich and can afford to take a job they enjoy and have most of the summer off?

The vast majority of NFL players don't leave the game with enough money to actually retire on.


Many of the guys mentioned in the article did. The ones that don't go work at Home Depot or get a job from a college alum if they went to a bigger or more prestigious school. Some run for office.
 
2021-12-08 12:51:54 AM  

meanmutton: There are almost 28,000 US high schools and there are hundreds of NFL players leaving the game every year. I'm shocked that there are so few high school football coaches that are former NFLers.


Guessing that number is HC's only not assistants.  It reminds me of a guy who was a monster OT and Michigan, didn't pan out in the NFL and was now an assistant coach and his alma mater that I got to review a medical exam on.   The examiner tried using a regular blood pressure cuff on a guy who was 6'7" 325 pounds and has arms like most people's thighs.  Needless to say I didn't believe he was walking around with 170/102 blood pressure.
 
2021-12-08 1:47:55 AM  
or, maybe, just maybe they like Football...
 
2021-12-08 2:06:49 AM  

thanksagainandagain: mactheknife: Cyberluddite: My daughter's middle school gym teacher was a former NFL player who had a highlight-reel play in the Super Bowl to give the 49ers their first Super Bowl championship.  And now he's not even a high school football coach, but rather, a P.E. teacher to 7th & 8th graders. He seemed to like it though.

I've met Dan Bunz.  He seemed about to be on a 7th-8th grade intellect, so that sounds like a perfect fit for him.

If I could take a job in which folks had to call me Mister Bunz, I'd take it for 20/hour, maybe less.


Back in the era when the Washington [Redacteds] were playing the 49ers for the NFC Championship while Dan Bunz was playing and one of the [Redacted]'s players was Dave Bunz, the iconic late SF newspaper columnist Herb Caen posed the question: "Well, what will happen this Sunday, will Bunz knock Butz on his buns, or will Butz knock Bunz on his butt?"
 
2021-12-08 9:14:05 AM  

433: Why?  They didn't major in sports medicine or kinesiology in college?


I thought kinesiology and sports medicine were precursors to becoming an athletics coach or athletics director normally. Former football players at the college and professional level become coaches because it is something they know well, have a passion for, and likely took classes that are relevant to becoming a gym teacher.
 
2021-12-08 10:07:11 AM  
My nephew's high school coach played in the NFL. He's a good coach, and when you're a private school in a large metropolitan area, having those credentials can help convince star players to come play for you.
 
2021-12-08 11:48:43 AM  
Those who can, do; those who can't do, teach.  Those who can't teach, teach gym.
 
2021-12-08 12:09:30 PM  

meanmutton: There are almost 28,000 US high schools and there are hundreds of NFL players leaving the game every year. I'm shocked that there are so few high school football coaches that are former NFLers.


Lot of college and NFL coaches too, plus maybe they just don't want to work, not all, but a good percentage make enough to retire or do part time work.
 
2021-12-08 12:19:31 PM  

chrisco123: Those who can, do; those who can't do, teach.  Those who can't teach, teach gym.


I am old, and back in my day, those who couldn't teach were assigned to teach not only gym, but also driver's ed.  Apparently for some reason the philosophy must've been that if you knew enough to teach someone how to wear a jockstrap you knew enough to teach them how to drive a car, though I'm not sure I entirely agree with that.

I would imagine that's changed in modern times and it's no longer exclusively gym teachers who teach driver's ed.  Do high schools even offer driver's ed any more?  If not, where do kids go to be exposed to all of those "Red Asphalt" sorts of movies?
 
2021-12-08 1:30:44 PM  

Gonz: drunk_bouncnbaloruber: Because a degree from Alabama is only useful for football?

You ever stop and think about what the total economic impact of football is in this nation? From youth leagues to the NFL, how many people earn at least a part time paycheck because of football? How much cash circulates?

Way more than all the art museums.

We make fun of kids "majoring in football", and we give art history majors a pass. Maybe that's backwards.


Lol what? Since when have art majors stopped being laughed at. Remember underwater basket weaving? No one talks about it because no one cares and most such majors have rich daddies anyway.

/But it is true, football players at Alabama and the like are there for football first and second, book learning third.
 
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