Former Super Bowl Champion Trent Dilfer Pushes High School Player, Apologizes

High school football coach Trent Dilfer has bigger concerns than next week’s opponent. Though his team’s offense hung 62 points on the board in a 55 point win, the former Super Bowl winning quarterback had a less than ideal weekend. Channeling his inner Bobby Knight, Dilfer pushed one of his own Lipscomb Academy players towards a bench and repeatedly screamed at him to “sit down.”

In what will likely be the most talked about Lipscomb film session of the season, a visibly upset Dilfer forcefully pushes tight end Beau Dawson, son of longtime Browns kicker Phil Dawson, towards the bench while screaming at the player. Dawson seems unbothered by the threat of a 6’4, 250 pound former NFL player potentially squashing him though. Dawson still refuses to back down and even tosses his helmet towards the turf.

It didn’t take long for the Dilfer-Dawson video to go viral, prompting an apology from the high school coach:

“I want to address the incident on our sideline during Friday night’s game versus Independence that has drawn a lot of attention. First and foremost, I take full responsibility as the head coach and leader of our team for not deescalating an emotional situation with one of our players, Beau Dawson. Beau is one of our finest student-athletes and embodies all the characteristics we are looking for in our Mustang players. Beau plays the game with the right kind of passion and is an inspiration to our other players. During a moment of frustration in an attempt to get our team to play with more discipline, I unfairly singled Beau out. Somehow Beau Dawson has been portrayed publicly as the culprit in this situation, when in reality I should have been a better leader and shown greater wisdom and discernment in how I handled this incident. Overall, I could not be more proud of Beau and the rest of our team for how they handle the emotional nature of each game they compete in.”

Once the dust settles, it wouldn’t be surprising to see one of these two walk away with a pink slip. Chances are, it won’t be the high schooler.

Written by Anthony Farris


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    • Yeah. I’ve seen Woody Hayes, Gene Stallings, Lou Holtz and other coaches grab players by the face mask and drag them to the bench. That was the old school, kids knew what to expect going in, but that’s not expected or accepted anymore. Good coaches understand that, and know they must adjust to the type of player they’re coaching. You don’t want to crush a player’s spirit, you want to correct behavior.

  1. He’s gotta be smarter than that. This isn’t 1990. That stuff will end your coaching career faster than you can say Woody Hayes. It’s fine to be hard on kids, get in their face, yell when they need it, but putting threatening hands on children like that is poor leadership. These aren’t grown men, they’re teenagers. You don’t do that. We’d certainly have spoken privately after the game if that was my son. He lost his temper, plain and simple – coaches do. He owned it and apologized, as he should have. Ironically, THAT act of personal responsibility showed more leadership than his attempt at leadership on the field.

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