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Matt Hanley
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Making Choices for Excellence
Friday, March 16, 2012

Super Bowl Champ is New Football Coach at East High

Thirty-five years after graduating from East Aurora High School as one of its most celebrated football players ever, former NFL star, KURT BECKER, has accepted the position as Head Varsity Football Coach of the East Aurora Tomcats.

“From now on, it’s nothing but East Aurora Football. I’m committed” said Becker.

Kurt Becker, who is a Class of 1977 alum, a longtime member of the East Aurora Old Timers Association, and an inductee of the East Aurora Athletic Hall of Fame, blazed a trail of stellar achievements during and after his high school career.

An offensive guard at the University of Michigan, Becker started in 36 consecutive games. He was twice selected to the All-Big Ten Team and during his senior year in 1981, he was named to the All-America First Team. He played in three Rose Bowls and was a finalist in the voting for the coveted Lombardi Trophy.

“I had a great college career, but most importantly, I graduated with a degree and I will help our students do the same,” said the former Chicago Bear.

The Chicago Bears selected Becker in the 1982 NFL draft with the 146th pick in the sixth round and remained with the Bears for 8 seasons, which included being a member of the historic 1985 Super Bowl Championship Team.

For a dozen years between starting college and playing for the Bears, Becker was coached by two legendary coaches, Coach Bo Shembechler at Michigan and Coach Mike Ditka of the Bears. He plans to bring the lessons of leadership and legacy that they taught him to the Tomcat football team.

“To have the ability to pass along what they taught me is truly special,” said Becker.

For the last four seasons, he has been the assistant football coach at Marmion Academy in Aurora, and he has remained active in fundraising for East Aurora athletics throughout the years.

In true Tomcat fashion, Coach Becker plans to hit the ground running quickly and already has plans to meet with students, parents, and coaches. One of his goals is to help build a championship program from elementary through high school.

Becker will make his first public appearance as the Keynote Speaker of the East Aurora Winter Sports Awards on Friday, March 23 at 6:30 p.m. at East High.

“I was never involved in losing. It’s not part of my vocabulary now or in the future,” said the proud Tomcat as he prepares to build upon the legacy of East Aurora High School that he loves so much.

All media inquiries should be directed to the East Aurora School District Spokesman, Clayton Muhammad, at cmuhammad@d131.org or 630.774.9306.

 

Posted on 3/16/2012
Last updated by Silvana Lecaros on 3/23/2012 12:21 PM

 

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