New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles gave a high school graduation speech at Elizabeth High School in Elizabeth, New Jersey on Tuesday, June 23. His main message to the students was that in order to be successful in life they need to have a strong sense of perseverance in their future. Bowles also emphasized that they need to find something that motivates them and that they are passionate about so that their drive for working hard never fades away. The Elizabeth High School alum could especially relate to this particular student body has he was once in their exact same seats when he graduated from that school in 1981. The coach had to remind them that they are at a point now where they need to do things to help both themselves and their parents. The students honored Bowels after his speech by retiring his number jersey from E.H.S.
From 1986 to 1993 the Super Bowl Champion played football as a safety for the Washington Redskins and the San Francisco 49ers. After that he took on various coaching roles for several teams including Morehouse College, Grambling State, New York Jets, Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles, and the Arizona Cardinals until he became the head coach of the New York Jets in 2015. In 2014, Bowels was named the AP NFL Assistant Coach of the Year and the PFWA NFL Assistant of the Year.
Bowels took the time out of his busy schedule to go back home to his high school in Elizabeth, NJ to remind the students that he was once in their shoes and he hopes that they remember to persevere no matter what happens in their lives.
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