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Director Receives Award from American Football Coaches Association

Last night, Director Mueller traveled to Nashville, Tennessee to accept the Tuss McLaughry Award from the American Football Coaches Association. The award, established in 1964, is the organization’s highest honor and is presented to distinguished Americans in recognition of outstanding service to others.

Jan 09, 2013 05:00 PM
 

Director Receives Award from American Football Coaches Association


Last night, Director Mueller traveled to Nashville, Tennessee to accept the Tuss McLaughry Award from the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA). The award, established in 1964, is the organization’s highest honor and is presented to distinguished Americans in recognition of outstanding service to others. Its namesake, former professional football player and coach DeOrmond “Tuss” McLaughry, was one of the most dedicated and influential members in the AFCA’s history. Past recipients of this prestigious award include John Wayne, Bob Hope, and six former U.S. presidents.

During the ceremony, Director Mueller not only expressed his gratitude for privilege of receiving this honor, but also praised coaches for the very vital role they play in life. “Coaches are parental figures,” Mueller said. “They reinforce the importance of hard work and dedication; of selflessness and fair play; and of character, humility, and leadership.” He later went on to tell the crowd, “Everyone remembers their favorite coach and the lessons they learned. You as coaches contribute to a legacy of sportsmanship and solidarity...of discipline and dedication...of toughness in the face of adversity. That lasting impact is every coach’s legacy.”

The partnership between the FBI and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) is a longstanding one, strengthened by the organizations’ shared commitment to protect children. Through endeavors such as Child ID kits (more than 30 million have been distributed so far), the AFCA has helped the FBI keep the nation’s children and communities safe and strong.

- Director’s remarks at ceremony
- AFCA press release
- More about the Tuss McLaughry Award