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Local Former NFL Players Spoke to Kickoff FUTP 60 at GMS

By
Barbara Blater,   Granville Middle School
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Local Former NFL Players Spoke to Kickoff FUTP 60 at GMS
Mike Collins, a Licking County Sheriff Detective (former Newark HS., OSU, Rams, and Lions player) and Mike Estep, Ford Car Salesman (former Newark HS, BGSU, Bills, Giants, and Packers player) spoke to 120 students about what sports taught them, how they were STUDENT athletes not just athletes. They emphasized the importance of nutrition in performance, dedication to physical fitness, avoiding pitfalls in life to travel the right path and how their sports careers helped them in the business world. They also talked about what the NFL taught them and how coaches influenced and helped them. 

How did students and adults work together as a team?

The students helped plan the events and teachers supervised. Students and teachers developed questions to ask the speakers. One of the FUTP 60 students introduced the speakers. After the talk, students evaluated what they could improve and what was great about the event.

How did you accomplish your goals?

Students were inspired by the speakers who emphasized the student part of being an athlete, how sports opened up the possibility of college for them, the importance of coaches and teachers, good nutrition habits, importance of wise decision making, how they applied what they learned in sports to their careers, and dedication to physical fitness. They talked about their experiences in the NFL.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

This inspired not only the 20 FUTP 60 students but the other students who attended. Some of the students who attended were not athletes and still enjoyed the talk. All the students loved the question and answer time and pictures with these successful men who play an important part in our community.