There are several hundred of you NFL alumni who have chosen to work with youngsters as high school coaches in your second careers.
However, former quarterback Joe Germaine holds a unique place among you. He was 1998 Big Ten MVP playing for Ohio State and then earned a Super Bowl XXXIV ring as a rookie backup behind Rams MVP Kurt Warner in a close win over the Titans. In addition, Germaine already has won an Arizona high school state championship as head coach at Queen Creek High School which is located south of Mesa.
Germaine’s undefeated Queen Creek Bulldogs won that Division III state championship in 2012 but then he had to resign the following year because of an overlap between coaching and working as a systems specialist with Axon Sports, a leader in athletic cognitive training.
It was difficult, however, for Germaine to get coaching out of his system. After adjusting his work hours with Axon, he returned earlier this year to his head coaching office at Queen Creek and his Bulldogs are 4-1 after five games.
“It’s not surprising, I just really missed coaching,” says the 43-year old Germaine. “I am at a point where I wanted to get back into it. I love all the parties at the school from the administration to the players, parents and the other coaches. However, I do have to admit I forgot how much goes into being a head coach at this level. I give so much credit to the thousands of high school coaches putting in all these hours, including many former NFL players who are now on the sidelines.” We at NFL Alumni agree with Joe Germaine and give all of you credit for working in high schools as coaches or teachers (and sometimes both). You are helping to shape the next generation in this country. Thanks for all that you do to bring honor to our great sport.