PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Newly-elected Hall of Fame center Dermontti Dawson will have his old Bryan Station High School head coach Steve Parker present him for the Hall this summer in Canton, Ohio.
Dawson said he has been keeping this under wraps until Parker confirmed he’d be able to make it to the induction ceremony in August.READ MORE: University Of Pittsburgh Therapy Dogs Get In The Halloween Spirit At The Cathedral Of Learning
If it weren’t for Parker, it’s likely Dawson not only wouldn’t be headed to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but that he may not have played football at all.
Dawson was a high school wrestler and was walking the halls of his school one day when he was stopped by Coach Parker. “Where have you been all my life,” Dawson recalls with a chuckle, as what his coach told him that fateful day.READ MORE: Fayette County Doctor Pleads Guilty To Prescribing Opioids In Exchange For Sex
The rest is history.
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