It was a most fitting thing to do in honoring three football coaches at Thomson High School for their many years of dedicated service to local football players -- many of whom went on from high school to play either college of professional football.
The three coaches I'm referring to are Luther Welsh, John Barnett and Curtis Williams.
The trio decided before this year's football season ever begun that this would be their last season coaching together. They have always said they would depart together.
The three men are most beloved by their players and many of the Bulldog faithful, as was evident by the turnout of fans who stayed after the game for the special ceremony honoring them as longtime football coaches.
All three of them deeply will be missed at Thomson High School next season.
I have known all three men for several years. They are good, honorable men and deeply devoted to the calling of teaching boys the game of football.
As much as they have taught football to hundreds of prep football players through the years, they also have taught them much about the ups and downs of the game of life, too.
Coaches Welsh, Barnett and Williams are going to be missed not only at Thomson High School, but in this community as well.
Through the years, they have helped to make Thomson a better place to live and raise families.
These men have been a tremendous asset to our school and our community and they are going to be missed.
It was an emotional time for the three men as they were honored by the athletic booster club for all of their years of dedication to the Thomson High School football program.
Coaches Welsh, Barnett and Williams have coached together on the sidelines for many years and have brought much glory to the school and community by producing several championship teams.
These things didn't just happen.
They happened because of hard work. And they happened because of men like coach Welsh, coach Barnett and coach Williams.
These are the kind of men any school or community would like to call their own. We can boast of such a fact.
These men have worked tirelessly on and off the football field.
They richly deserved the recognition paid to them after the Thomson-Josey game.
Men like these don't pass along everyday. They are three of the best prep football coaches in Georgia.
They are men of integrity; men deeply devoted to teaching the game; and men I consider my friends.
Whatever the future might hold for these three men, I hope for them nothing but the best of what life has to offer. They are exceptional men and great football coaches.
Thanks for all the terrific memories, coaches Welsh, Barnett and Williams!