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1/4/06

John Tyler Coach Finalist For NFL Award

John Tyler athletic coordinator and head football coach Thomas Brooks is among 100 high school football coaches nationwide named as finalists for the 2006 NFL High School Football Coach of the Year Award.

The NFL High School Football Coach of the Year Award was created in 1995 by the NFL and its teams to honor coaches who profoundly impacted the athletic and personal development of current NFL players.

More than 100 players nominated their former coaches this year for the annual award.

Brooks was nominated for the honor by Kansas City Chiefs offensive guard Brian Waters, who played for Brooks during his head coaching stint at Waxahachie between 1994-99. Waters was an all-district tight end and defensive end at Waxahachie HS before playing collegiately at North Texas.

Brooks was the head coach at Jasper (2000-01) and Beaumont Ozen (2002-04) before arriving at John Tyler in the spring of 2005.

The five finalists for the NFL High School Football Coach of the Year Award will be announced the week of January 8 and will receive $2,500 cash awards and $5,000 grants for their respective high school football programs.

The winner, announced the week of January 18, will attend Super Bowl XLI in South Florida as a guest of the NFL and receive a $5,000 cash award and a $10,000 grant for his high school football program. All grants will be awarded by the NFL Youth Football Fund (YFF).

The NFL Youth Football Fund, a non-profit organization established by the NFL and NFL Players Association in 1998, supports the game at the youth level and promotes positive youth development. Through the YFF, hundreds of thousands of youngsters have been given the opportunity to learn the game of football, get physically fit, and stay involved in productive after-school activities with adult mentors. The YFF also provides youth football participants with safe and accessible places to play, as well as programs and initiatives that address the importance of proper coaching, academics, health and safety, and life skills development.

For a complete list of the 2006 nominees visit www.NFLHS.com.

From TISD Press Release.

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