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Texas high school coaches held in high regard by former NFL stars

Herschel Walker visits Texas high school coaches

The former NFL running back recounts his time working for Donald Trump, how he became a Dallas Cowboy, and finding out about the new owner from Arkansas.
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The former NFL running back recounts his time working for Donald Trump, how he became a Dallas Cowboy, and finding out about the new owner from Arkansas.

The 85th annual Texas High School Coaches Association Convention kicked off Sunday with a lecture about character development from former NFL players Jon Kitna and Herschel Walker.

Kitna started his high school coaching career at his alma mater, Lincoln High in Tacoma, Wash., but now the former NFL quarterback is in his third season at Waxahachie.

Kitna marveled at the involvement and rapport that Texas coaches have with their players, and recalled from his time at Lincoln when he chose one player over another for a spot on the varsity roster. Though neither kid would likely see the field, the father of the player not picked wasn’t happy.

“That’s the point. Your son comes home and he has a dad,” Kitna said. “This kid, he has no father to talk to so at the end of the year we’re not worrying about their playing, we’re worried about keeping this kid around some structure and around men.

“Your son has a father. This kid needs something more. We can’t cut him loose.”

I would see respectful young men, and see the impact their coaches were having on them.

Former Cowboys quarterback Jon Kitna on area coaches

Kitna said during his time with the Cowboys (2009-11, ’13) he learned a great deal from Hal Wasson at Southlake Carroll, Joey McGuire at Cedar Hill, and Steve Lineweaver at Euless Trinity.

“I would see respectful young men, and see the impact their coaches were having on them,” he added.

The convention, dubbed “Coaches School,” continues through Wednesday at the George R. Brown Convention Center.

Walker on Trump

Before Walker landed on a Cowboys roster, he spent 1983-85 with the USFL’s New Jersey Generals, which were owned by Donald Trump.

“I’m sitting there in Athens, Ga., and this thing called the USFL comes along,” Walker said. “I flew up to New York, and it’s so funny because that’s where Donald Trump comes into my life. I don’t know if you knew this but I knew him as Donald before he became The Donald.”

The former Pro Bowl running back signed a personal services contract with Generals management in order to circumvent the salary cap.

“Little Ivanka and little Donald lived with me for a week for five years during the summer,” Walker said. “So I’ll tell you right now, this the honest truth: The intelligence of those two kids is not from Donald Trump. That’s from me, seriously — anyway.”

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