I just wanted to thank The News for the outstanding article regarding Gene Masters.
I had the honor of playing football for Coach Masters prior to graduating in 1986. My football years at Grand Island are some of my fondest memories. Coach Masters not only had us well prepared for each and every game, but, in doing so, made us love and respect the game on a whole new level.
Daily practices, often a mundane task in many other programs, were always a unique, yet fun experience. He loved being out there every day, a love which was contagious. We worked hard every day in practice but, due to Coach Masters' love of the game and crazy antics, we laughed and smiled our way through every practice.
As you can tell, I hold Coach Masters in very high regard. Many people who did not know him or play for him had mixed opinions about him. Those of us who have had the honor to know him and play for him have always believed that, if those people knew him like we did, they too would hold him in high regard.
Mary Jo Monnin's article presented Coach Masters as he truly was. I am not a very emotional person, but the article had me in tears as it brought back so many wonderful memories. The article not only paid great tribute to a man who never sought it, but also made his passing less of a mournful experience. He meant so much to so many of us.
East Tennessee State University