jes2400 Posted June 27, 2010 Share Posted June 27, 2010 (edited) The June dead time sure makes you find all kinds of things to do. I was looking at Mike Smith's bio, and I noticed he didn't have much of a pro career(played briefly in the CFL), and that follows a regular trend. Some of the best coaches weren't the best players. When I was younger, I always assumed a star player would be a great coach, but they don't and seem to opt for the play by play booth or the sports show desk. It'll be interesting to see how Singletary will do. I looked at a few other good coaches, and found the same thing as with Smith. Tom Landry had an ordinary pro career in the AAFC with the NY Yankees and Giants in the'50s, as did Chuck Knoll. Bill Belichick and Jim Caldwell didn't even play pro ball. Tony Dungy played for 3 yrs as a reserve DB and special teamer. Bill Parcells was drafted in rnd 7 by Detroit and then released. What I found interesting is, his father didn't want him to play sports in college, he wanted him to study law! Knowing how he is, can you picture Parcells as a lawyer? Mike Shanahan's career was cut short when he was hit hard in practice at college, rupturing a kidney which stopped his heart for 30 seconds, almost killing him. A priest was even called. there's no telling what kind of career he would've had, although the story said he was undersized. All of these coaches won Superbowls except Caldwell, who came close. Could Mike Smith join that list? I'm counting on it! Edited June 27, 2010 by jes2400 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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