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Coaches Impact Athletes On And Off The Field

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Charles Way is head of the National Football League's Player Engagement department. He played five years as a running back for the New York Giants and then served as the team's director of player development.

Here, Way explains that many coaches understand that they impact players in areas even more important than their athletic performance, extending their character-education into all aspects of life. For the power of sport to be fully realized, those coaches should be held up to the public as examples.

An athlete's career doesn't last very long, especially in football, and Way points out that coaches' most important gifts to their athletes is showing them how great they can be as players and people on and off the field.