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Jack Bottinger

Jack Bottinger
Retired teacher and football coach

A Letter From Dad

father and daughter

This is a letter from a dad to his daughter before her wedding day! Dear Daughter, The priest at the father-daughter retreat we were attending asked each father to look into his daughter’s eyes and explain to her how precious she is to him. He said, “It might be difficult …

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The Wall

track field

“You may not know how much you have influenced me, but I can’t thank you enough. Who would have thought that one word could change an average kid into a State Champion. Sometimes passion is all that matters. Thank you for teaching me that. It’s the most rewarding message that …

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The Second on the Wall

runner training

In 1990, I established name-painting on my classroom wall for those students who had accomplished big goals while attending high school! The first was Dylan Gale, who I mentioned in my original article about the wall years ago on Inspire21.com. I have since written down some other outstanding achievements by …

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No matter how hopeless, no matter how far

football practice

We were going through a normal football practice. Drills were crisp, coaches coaching, everyone hustling and working hard to prepare for the upcoming game…when off in the distance, a line of cars was approaching our practice field! The line stopped at the portion of the practice field we named the …

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What is a football player?

football players lined up

Author Unknown Between the innocence of boyhood and the dignity of manhood we find a sturdy creature called a football player! Football players come in assorted weights, heights, jersey colors, and numbers, but all football players have the same creed: to play every minute of every period of every game …

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Searching For Something To Say

High School Football Practice with coach

My 1964 Mercury Comet was moving right along doing 60 on the Schuylkill Expressway, heading toward Haddonfield, New Jersey, from Manayunk, Pa. It was a clear, bright sunny day in May of 1967, with very low humidity and cloudless sky. I was on my way to an interview for the …

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Emotion

Football and sport emotion stories

Emotion and Dopamine could be the secret to motivation! Last night I watched noted speaker Tony Robbins online, and he put a name to that dynamic substance that jumps into your heart and soul and tells you that you have what it takes to get the job done regardless of …

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Rebuilding Patriotism

When you coached at our high school, you were not assigned a homeroom, so in 1986 after retiring from head football coach, it was SOP that I was assigned an  11th-grade homeroom for the first time in 10 years. On the first day of school, usually the first activity  of …

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