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NFL Announces Team Nominees for 2017 Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year Award

The NFL announced today the high school football coaches nominated by the 32 NFL teams for the Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year Award. Representing the best at the high school level, these coaches were nominated for the national award, named for the winningest coach in NFL history, by NFL teams for their character and integrity, leadership and dedication to the community, commitment to player health and safety and on-field success.

“High school football coaches serve as role models for young athletes and their impact goes well beyond the playing field,” said NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL. “We are proud to honor this year’s nominees who embody the character, integrity and spirit of Coach Shula. Their commitment to improving the lives of students and developing young men of character is commendable.”

Don Shula Award nominees from all 32 NFL teams will be invited and recognized in special ways during the NFL’s week-long celebration of football at the 2018 Pro Bowl in Orlando. The coaches will participate in a special coaches’ clinic, enjoy a VIP visit to Pro Bowl practices and attend the USA Football National Conference.

Two finalists will each receive $15,000 from the NFL Foundation, $10,000 of which will go to their high school’s football program. The Don Shula Award winner will be announced during the 2018 Pro Bowl, airing Sunday, Jan. 28 at 3 PM ET on ESPN and ESPN Deportes and simulcast on ABC. The winner will be recognized and walk the red carpet at NFL Honors, a two-hour primetime awards special to air nationally on Feb. 3, the eve of Super Bowl LII, at 9 PM (ET and PT) on NBC. NFL Honors will be taped earlier that evening at the Cyrus Northrop Memorial Auditorium at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

The winner is selected by a panel of distinguished individuals which includes:

  • Pro Football Hall of Famer, Coach DON SHULA – the winningest coach in NFL history
  • 2016 Don Shula NFL Coach of the Year Award Winner RANDY ALLEN
  • Pro Football Hall of Fame President DAVID BAKER
  • Former Dallas Cowboys Personnel Director and NFL.com contributor GIL BRANDT
  • Pro Football Hall of Famer, former Indianapolis Colts Coach and current NBC analyst TONY DUNGY
  • Executive Director of USA Football SCOTT HALLENBECK
  • 2x Super Bowl Champion (XLI, 50) PEYTON MANNING
  • 3x Super Bowl Champion (XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX) WILLIE MCGINEST
  • Former Secretary of State, Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution and faculty member at the Stanford Graduate School of Business CONDOLEEZZA RICE
  • Pro Football Hall of Famer, Super Bowl XLII Champion and Good Morning America correspondent MICHAEL STRAHAN
  • Aplington-Parkersburg High School Principal and son of the school’s late football coach, Ed Thomas, AARON THOMAS

Below is a full list of the 2017 Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year nominees. For more information on the NFL Foundation, visit nflfoundation.org or follow @NFLFoundation on Twitter. ​

NOMINATING TEAM SCHOOL NAME COACH
Arizona Cardinals Saguaro High School Jason Mohns
Atlanta Falcons North Gwinnett High School Bill Stewart
Baltimore Ravens Harford Technical High School Timothy Palmer
Buffalo Bills West Seneca West High School Mike Vastola
Carolina Panthers Clinton High School Andrew Webb
Chicago Bears Rochester High School Derek Leonard
Cincinnati Bengals Covington Catholic High School Eddie Eviston
Cleveland Browns Bay High School Ron Rutt
Dallas Cowboys Frisco Lone Star High School Jeffrey Rayburn
Denver Broncos Pueblo South High School Ryan Goddard
Detroit Lions Warren De La Salle Collegiate High School Mike Giannone
Green Bay Packers Kimberly High School Steve Jones
Houston Texans Oak Ridge High School Brian Fitzgerald
Indianapolis Colts Ben Davis High School Mike Kirschner
Jacksonville Jaguars Bartram Trail High School Darrell Sutherland
Kansas City Chiefs* (Missouri) Staley High School Phil Lite
Kansas City Chiefs* (Kansas) DeSoto High School Brian King
Los Angeles Chargers Crenshaw High School Robert Garrett
Los Angeles Rams Mission Viejo High School Bob Johnson
Miami Dolphins American Heritage School Pat Surtain
Minnesota Vikings South St. Paul Chad Sexauer
New England Patriots Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School Paul Funk
New Orleans Saints West St. John High School Brandon Walters
New York Giants Newton High School Matt Parzero
New York Jets Franklin K. Lane Campus High School Jason Mollison
Oakland Raiders Kennedy High School George Jackson
Philadelphia Eagles Downington High School Michael Matta
Pittsburgh Steelers Quaker Valley High School Jerry Veshio
San Francisco 49ers Gilroy High School Jubenal Rodriquez
Seattle Seahawks Royal High School Wiley Allred
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Citrus High School Nate Varnadore
Tennessee Titans Brentwood Academy Cody White
Washington Redskins Dinwiddie High School Billy Mills

*Indicates team has more than one nominee

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