Over the past few weeks, I've noticed a trend from Athens HS (AL) head coach Cody Gross on Twitter.
Every Monday, coach Gross has coach Carter take a bit of time to teach players a real-life lesson. They call it "Manly Mondays" and use the time to teach players a skill that has nothing to do with football, but that is bound to come in handy in life at some point down the road.
It's a really cool idea that any program can utilize and put their own spin on. Everyone has a seasoned coach on staff that has some great life experience to impart like coach Carter does with the kids at Athens. If you don't have that, your kids could be a great resource as well as surely you've got kids in your program that know a ton about cars or engines, while others are clueless.
This week, coach Carter taught players how to change a flat tire, and how to make that flat tire you just took off useful as you get ready to put your new, or spare, tire on.
Last week, coach Carter taught the team how to check the oil and transmission fluid in their cars.
Other lessons include how to cut a PVC pipe when you don't have a saw or knife handy, and how to magnetize a screwdriver. Go over to coach Gross' Twitter feed
— Cody Gross (@coachgross73) April 30, 2019
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Most all coaches talk about how sports like football prepare you for life, it's time for us to take that more seriously and find ways to impart lessons like Athens HS is with the guys in each of our respective programs.