NFL Alumni during its 50-year existence has been associated with some legendary NFL names….Congressman Jack Kemp, Packers Hall of Famer Willie Davis and Pro Bowler-turned premier TV announcer Frank Gifford to name a few.
However, no one individual probably has spent more time serving NFL Alumni and its members than Randy Minniear, the Giants 20th round draft choice in 1966 who had a solid five year NFL career (1966-70).
When Minniear decided to slow down just a fraction and moved into an NFLA Chairman-Emeritus role in 2015, he had been on the Alumni national executive board for 38 years, including 21 as its chairman. Randy served NFL Alumni in his “spare time” since he worked more than 40 years in New York as an equity trader.
Minniear and his wife Becky moved back to his home state of Indiana in 2009. However, you just had the feeling he had at least one more assignment in him. Randy had never lost his passion for coaching which he had done with Pop Warner teams for two decades during his younger days.
When the local citizens in Brown County, just an hour south of Indianapolis, realized what a living asset they had in the community, they asked Minniear to get involved in their struggling high school football program. He, eventually, succumbed to their wishes and in 2016 applied for the Brown County high school head coaching job.
“I told the school board at that time I wasn’t their future,” Minniear recalls. “I was 72 years old then. However, I did tell them I could help some younger coaches come along. There are guys here who can eventually take over the program.”
Minniear, as usual, lived up to his word and he has a 27-year old D-Coordinator and a 31-year old QBs coach helping him direct this year’s Brown County squad.
Randy Minniear… we at NFL Alumni never get tired of saluting you and thanking you for representing everything we want former NFL players to be!
Have a good season, Coach!
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