Minden Press-Herald

Oct 01st

Giving thanks for football

MHS produces its share of pro players

Families who gather around the television to watch football on Thanksgiving might be thankful for their own local football programs and the players those programs produced.

"It is so important to support your local teams," said Brian Brown, former Tide football player. "Teams like Minden High and even our pee-wee football give back so much to the area and help create a sense of friendship and camaraderie."

Brown, who played with Baltimore Ravens' Kenyon Cotton, may be speaking from experience

"Me and Kenyon grew up together playing football," he said. "As little kids running around playing the game, we didn't see each other's skin color. Things like that go a long way to make a community stronger. It was a real good group of guys and we were lucky to have that. "

Brown said his time playing football in Minden as a youngster is something he is thankful for.

"It's something I want my kid to be thankful for, too," Brown said. "I want him to be proud of his team and I want the city to be proud.

"The Tide football program has a history of grooming professional players," he continued. "I'd love to see the community support the Tide by showing pride."

According to Brown professional football players from Minden include:

Darryl Moore who played in 1993 for the Redskins, Richard Neal who played from 1969-1978 for the Saints and Jets, David Williams who played from 1977 to 1981 for the Cowboys, Stepfret Williams who played from 1996 until 1998 for the Cowboys and Chargers, Kenneth Beck who played from 1959 until 1960 for Greenbay, James Britt who played from 1983 until 1987 for the Falcons, Kenyon Cotton who played from 1997 to 1998 for the Ravens and Charlie Hennigan who played from 1961 until 1965 for the Oilers.






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