In all three situations, the common thread from a Lumberjack spin was that NAU Coaching Staff alumni were directly dealing with the media frenzy.
In case you have been in a cave, Brett Favre could not decide whether he wanted to retire AGAIN and his every move was documented as a reason why or why not he was going to sign with the Minnesota Vikings. When he finally did decide to come back, Brad Childress, a NAU assistant from 1986-89, picked him up at the airport with a helicopter documenting the trip. It felt like O.J. all over again. OK maybe not but it was funny.
Speaking of former NFL players in trouble, Michael Vick is one of the most vilified players in the history of sports for his off-the-field actions. Everyone has an opinion but the only one that mattered was the owner of the Eagles and former NAU assistant Andy Reid, who worked at NAU in 1986. Reid was behind his signing with the Philadelphia Eagles where he is the head coach. Reid answered all questions about protestors, dog fighting, jail time and, oh yeah, football stuff.
To add more Lumberjack connections to the Farve/Vick drama, Farve's offensive coordinator at Minnesota is Darrell Bevell, who played at NAU in 1989. Vick's offensive coordinator in Philadelphia is Marty Mornhinweg, the former Detroit Lions coach who also worked at NAU in 1988 and 1994.
These coaches live with the scrutiny of the NFL everyday. But the heat has been turned up this season with players they are coaching.
By Steven Shaff, NAU Media Relations