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Joe O'Brien Applies for CMR Football Head Coaching Job

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Former Simms head coach Joe O'Brien applied Monday to be the successor of legendary head coach Jack Johnson at CMR. O'Brien, a polarizing figure in the community, has proven he can win and is confident he can do it at CMR.

"I know I'm ready for it and I know I'm a proven winner. I just feel like I can give these kids more than just the game of football," O'Brien says.

If anyone knows about more than the game of football, it's O'Brien. His history outside the sport is well documented. In 2003, he was arrested on drug related charges and served 2 years and 4 months in prison. He was released in 2006, and says that now he is a changed man.

"It happened 11 years ago. I'm a totally changed person. I have a son who's 20 months old and my wife just got the head coaching job at UGF as the cheer and dance coach and we're grounded here. I've had my business here for 8 years and just feel that you have to forgive at some point."

Whether you're a fan of O'Brien's track record or not, one thing that isn't up for discussion is his winning record and love for the game.

"I have a great passion for the game and I have a lot of knowledge. I've played in the NFL at the highest level and I've played in college at the highest level and I've been coached by great coaches and I just feel like I have all this knowledge bottled up inside of me and I just feel like I want to give it to kids and it's more than just football - I really want to make that point come home."

O'Brien's impact on the football field is evident and maybe no more so than this past season. He inherited a 2-7 Simms team and went 9-2 with them in his first year. O'Brien also led the Tigers to a playoff berth for the first time in 31 years. But according to the former Simms head coach, he's more proud of something off the field and more important to life.

"At the end of the year last year, I had 20 out of 25 kids on the honor roll and I had perfect attendance throughout the season. So, that feat alone will tell you that I can control the kids at the school and I'm positive that I will hire within the school itself to go ahead and make sure that's taken care of."

The head coaching job at CMR is expected to close on February 10th and O'Brien is hopeful to have the opportunity to coach for the Rustlers.


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