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Today is October 4, 2022


On and off the field

By Michael Callahan

Michael Callahan
Michael Callahan,
Executive Vice President/CEO
EPAs of Mississippi

We know it’s July in Mississippi because of the oppressive heat outside. It felt just as hot in June. I’m not sure there’s much of a difference in those two months during the  dog days of summer.

I was thinking about the heat of summer when reading our July cover story about new Horn Lake High School Head Football Coach Brandon Jackson.

I was thinking about those kids running conditioning drills in the heat while Coach Jackson pushed them to keep on moving.

I remember practicing in the summer. I played football at The University of Southern Mississippi. I know what’s it like to be yelled at on the field under a Mississippi baking sun.

I was heartened to read why Coach Jackson wanted to go back to his high school to lead the football team.

He said he wanted to lead young men on the field and off.

He made memories at Horn Lake High School and learned that hard work, discipline, and dedication can lead to great things.

Following his stellar career at Horn Lake, Coach Jackson went to college at the University of Nebraska and then was drafted by the Green Bay Packers to play in the NFL.

That, in and of itself, is something many of us only dreamed about. Only a select few are fortunate enough to play among the professional ranks.

Coach Jackson reached the pinnacle of pro football success when he and the Packers won the Super Bowl in 2011.

Now, Coach Jackson wants to give back to his school and community.

The overwhelming majority of the high school football players that Coach Jackson  will lead will not play in the NFL.

But the lessons and habits he will teach his players will carry over into their lives wherever they wind up. His players will be better men, better fathers, and better husbands later in their lives if they listen and practice what  he preaches.

In the end, that’s what makes a high school football coach truly successful.

We hope you enjoy the story and this month’s issue.

Also, we want to wish all our electric cooperative members a Happy Independence Day this month.

Never forget the sacrifices our forefathers made for us, creating the greatest country in the world.

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