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Meske a national finalist


Dave Meske, Webb School of Knoxville varsity head football coach, was recently named one of five national finalists for the 2005 National Football League High School Football Coach of the Year Award. Current NFL players nominated 73 high school football coaches from across the nation for the award.

Chad Pennington, New York Jets quarterback and former All-state Spartan signal-caller (Class of ’96), nominated Meske.

“Coach Meske understands how to nurture, mold and teach young football players,” Pennington said in an article on the New York Jets’ Web site. “Coach showed me how to play and live my life with determination, heart, and the willingness to make sacrifices for the team’s success.”

“We have more than sixteen-hundred players on our NFL rosters,” NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue said. “The one thing they all have in common is that they received guidance from high school coaches. These men have dedicated their lives to teaching young players how to become leaders both on and off the field. I congratulate our finalists and all high school coaches for the integral roles they play in developing the game of football and guiding the youngsters who play the game.”

Each finalist receives a $2,500 cash award and a $5,000 grant from the NFL Youth Football Fund, which is presented to his high school football program.

 

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