SPORTS NUGGETS: Tyrone Carter Has Been Bitten by the Coaching Bug

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By Eric Nelson
July 17, 2013
GAMEDAY GOLD

MINNEAPOLIS – Sports Nuggets from the Twin Towns…

  • Coaching vision: Tyrone Carter has an impressive football pedigree. Carter played on two Super Bowl championship teams with Pittsburgh, and is one of the greatest Minnesota Gopher safeties ever. Carter is a two-time All-American and won the prestigious Jim Thorpe Award in 1999. Now Carter has his sights set on coaching and will do whatever it takes to break into that competitive business…

  • Giving back: For now, Carter is working with young Gopher defensive backs trying to make them better. Carter does this for free on a voluntary basis. Carter spends countless hours doling out tips on how to get better in the secondary. “That’s my goal, that’s my passion – to coach,” Carter said. “To be able to do it one way or another. Either here or somewhere else. I prefer doing it here to give back because I appreciate everything they’ve done fore me. This university has been good to me.”

  • Sunshine State template: Carter grew up in Florida, a state that produces grapefruits, oranges and star football players. Carter wants to bring the south to the north and introduce Minnesota high school programs to things coaches do in Florida. “My goal is to go into all the high schools here and try to come up with a development of seven-on-seven (passing drills) in the off-season,” Carter said. “But they do not have an off-season program before camp, or they don’t have spring games, where they are scrimmaging other teams and stuff like that.”

  • Aerial circus: Carter believes that seven-on-seven scrimmages make quarterbacks, running backs, receivers, linebackers and defensive backs better, especially since football has morphed into a pass-first game. “The game revolves around passing now,” Carter said. “They’ve taken away a lot of tackling because there are a lot of concussions. That’s a way where kids can learn how to catch, build that repertoire with the quarterback, getting into routes, and stuff like that, and also learning the game as well.”

  • Kudos for Glen: Carter played for Glen Mason and is close with his old coach. “I love Coach Mason,” Carter said. “He taught me the game. He showed me life, reality. Most times you don’t get that out of a coach, because all they worry about is winning or losing. He worries about what you are after football. That’s the thing that I love about Coach Mason. We still talk today. I go over to his house and we have barbecues. I cook, he cooks. He’s like a father figure. As a player you want that out of your coach.”

  • Good stuff: Some of the coolest stuff that appears on the NFL Network are the A Football Life shows, produced by the ultra-talented folks at NFL Films. On Saturday night, NFLN broadcast A Football Life special on the Immaculate Reception from the Oakland-Pittsburgh AFC playoff game in 1972. The program micro-analyzed one of the most legendary plays in sports history, and broke it down into its finest particles…

  • Immaculate was accurate: After seeing the show, I am convinced that Terry Bradhshaw’s miracle heave was deflected by Jack Tatum and caught by Franco Harris, making it a legitimate catch. The Raiders claim the ball glanced off the Steeler’s Frenchy Fuqua before Harris scooped it out of the air just inches above the frozen Three Rivers Stadium Astroturf – which at the time was not a legal play (an offensive player could not tip a ball to a teammate)…

  • Upon further review: It’s probably a good thing for the NFL that replay did not exist in 1972. Had the touchdown been over ruled, there may have been a riot at Three Rivers, and one of the NFL’s signature plays never would have happened…

  • Raider spin: Of course, Oakland claims that the Immaculate Reception was the Immaculate Deception. Raider Nation is convinced that it is part of the NFL’s conspiracy against Oakland…

  • Saluting Sandman: Congrats to NY Yankees closer Mariano Rivera who is so good even Mets fans like him. MLB’s all-time saves king was named MVP in the All-Star Game, after the AL won 3-0 over the NL Tuesday night in Queens. Citi Field – the Mets home ballpark which is usually anti-Yankee – became a safe haven, as Rivera was given a standing ovation…

  • I don’t: According to USA Today, Lindsey Vonn says she won’t get married again. It is hard to blame Vonn for thinking this way. She and current boyfriend Tiger Woods both have been divorced once, Tiger has a history of straying, and the odds of a marriage surviving these days are about as good as Dwight Howard having lunch with Shaq

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