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Leaving in the legacies

By Tori Beechum Carl Albert High School Published: May 11, 2009

Heritage Hall High School’s Barry Sanders Jr., a freshman football player and son of former Oklahoma State University and NFL star Barry Sanders Sr., said his coaches don’t treat him differently because of his lineage.

“Our coaches actually use us the whole team and let players have a fair amount of playing time,” he said. “I enjoy some of the perks of having a famous father, but ... I don’t get special treatment from my coaches.”

Tubbs, currently the athletics director at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, said the bottom line is youth sports coaches should spread playing time around.

“Even though coaches want to secure wins and play their best as long as possible, we all should remember that it’s just a game and players need to have fun,” Tubbs said.

Tori Beechum
Carl Albert, Junior

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