My coach, my role model
by Jeb Cowen
Sep 08, 2013 | 4263 views | 0 0 comments | 53 53 recommendations | email to a friend | print
It seems like most everyone in Alabama and even the nation has based their judgment of Coach John Holladay on the Walker-Cullman incident.

Let me ask you a couple of questions. Have you ever messed up in your life? Have you ever said or done something because you lost your temper? My coach, John Holladay, lost his temper on the field. He should never have thrown a punch, however, but none of us were in his shoes at that moment.

Everyone needs to reflect on themselves before one spits out nasty comments. My point of this letter is to try to portray the coach I know and love, not the one in the few seconds you see on a video.

I was coached by Coach Holladay all my four years in high school. He showed me so much more in life than just football. I've always looked up to him because I respected how he talked to our team, how he disciplined us fairly and how he taught me to try harder than I thought I possibly could. I would call him "dad" from time to time. He acted like a father to all of his players. He cared about every single player on the team. We were his sons.

His main priority was to teach us all how to be young men and be successful throughout life. He cared about every decision in his player's life. I will state that he is and always will be one of the best role models a young man can follow. From being a wonderful dad to a strong Christian man, he sets the mark for what men should be like. If anyone reading this doesn't believe me because I played football for him, then visit Jasper, Ala., and ask the community yourself.

The whole community is behind Coach Holladay because he brought so much more to football than just winning. Our town will always be behind him, and no matter what happens, he will always be loved by Walker High School and Jasper. I would personally and publicly like to thank Coach Holladay for giving me values I will carry with me my entire life. You are loved by so many. Thank you for everything you've done.

Jeb Cowen,