It has been 26 years since Dr. Sonny Way asked me to take over as team physician of our Green Wave football team. Over this span I have witnessed several state championships and countless heroic efforts of our boys in green and gold.
And I have been honored to know Coach John McKissick. We have all known him in our own ways. For me, it has been the distinction and pleasure of being the physician for the team and for the Coach himself.
He has never second-guessed any decisions regarding an injury or illness of a player. He has always put the health and welfare of each player above all else. You could not find a more professional coach in this regard.
Great people motivate and inspire. Coach McKissick has done this for the entire town. We have always rallied around his accomplishments. It is as if we all had a hand in each victory that we were fortunate enough to witness. All the while our Coach accepted each accolade with modesty and humility – carefully reminding us, both player and fans – of how we are in this with him.
It has been a great honor for us all. And now we stand on the brink of another decade of wins as we all build on Coach’s legacy. We are winners because he makes us believe. He breaks the mold. He teaches us that aging is no excuse to give up on living well, and that great success requires great effort. Most importantly, Coach has shown us that greatness can be associated with kindness, generosity and mutual respect.
Now Coach…let’s go for #700!
David J. Baggett MD