All-Time Great or Someone Who Took it to Far
A Coach's Legacy
In the town of Messina football is everything. Where football is everything pulling together over 400 wins and 13 state championships. " No piece of ground in Messina was more revered than The Field Not even the cemetery" (pg3). This quote shows how important football is in the town of Messina. The mastermind behind this density is the late great Eddie Rake who was the coach at Messina for 34 years. " " Eddie Rake was a legend at the age of 39." (pg9)
Now Coach Rake has died from cancer and now his players over 30 years are coming back to Messina to reflect and pay tribute to the Coach. Opinons on Coach Rake are spilt in Messina some people love Coach Rake. Other beleave he was a coach who pushed his players to hard. Coach Rake was fired after being excused for pushing a player to hard at practice so the main question is how will players remember Coach Rake. A great head coach who did anything to win or a coach who pushed his players too hard you be the judge.
He is the main character of bleachers with the story in his point of view. Neely Crenshaw was the best Quarterback in Messina history which is saying something. He had all the top colleges after him to play quarterback. His career was cut short as a result of a devastating knee injury. Now Neely is back Messina for the first time in 15 years. The reason why he doesn't like coming home is coach Eddie Rake. He had a love hate relationship with Coach Rake. Neely even said " I wish I had never seen a football" (pg14)
400 wins 13 state championships the numbers Coach Eddie Rake has put up at Messina are just mind blowing. But it came with controversy. Coach Eddie Rake did things that are close to illegal. An example of this would be the face offs. He would put two kids together and they would have to try to drive each other back. The loser wouldn't get water for the rest of the day. Coach Eddie Rake was the coach at Messina for 34 years in till he inedenvertly killed one of his players by going to hard at a practice and the kid passing out on the field. Now Eddie Rake is dying due to cancer and his players are coming back to honor. As they sit in the bleachers and reflect how will he be remembered.
Paul Curry was Neely Crenshaws best friend in high school co captain as a wide receiver. He was Neely's favorite target at Messina. He liked Coach Eddie Rake