The NFL draft is, obviously, a landmark moment in the life of every player fortunate enough to hear his name called. But it’s not just a landmark moment in his life, though. It’s a major accomplishment for his parents, his siblings, his friends, his extended family and, of course, his coaches.
For those players invited by the league to attend the draft, the families obviously come with them. But now, according to a tweet from Gil Brandt, the NFL has invited another key figure in any draftee’s life to come along as well.
His high school coach.
A nice new twist the NFL is doing this year for players accepting an invite to the draft: Bringing the player's high school coach with them, all expenses paid.
— Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) February 22, 2018
At a time when high school coaches are too often being boxed out of the recruiting process, this is a great statement by the NFL to affirm what an important role high school coaches play in future stars’ development.