Phillip Rhodes was nominated by more than 100 people to earn a trip to Super Bowl LI in Houston thanks to the NFL.

Source: WFAA ABC News

Any high school coach wondering whether his contributions to student-athletes are appreciated should read this story about Childress High (Texas) junior varsity football coach Phillip Rhodes.

The world geography teacher was nominated by more than 100 people — all of whom felt positively impacted by the 33-year veteran teacher and coach. The coach earned a trip to Super Bowl LI in Houston thanks to the NFL.

Check out some of the nominations:

“He’s the guy you can always count on,” one nominator wrote of Rhodes. “He’s the coach that sees if a student needs some new clothes or shoes, he’ll go and buy them whatever they need, no matter the cost.”

“Junior year of high school he wrote us all handwritten little notes that told us our strengths and weakness and how to use those strengths and how to overcome/work on those weaknesses,” wrote a former student. “[It] meant the world to me and I still have that note today!”

“My younger sister is mentally handicapped and went to high school at CHS,” wrote another former student. “Coach Rhodes sat and had lunch with her every day. She had a lunch buddy every day because of this man.”

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