Northeast State will host former NFL kicking coach Doug Blevins on Oct. 26, at the Blountville campus. Blevins’ appearance highlights the College’s celebration of National Disability Awareness Week with a series of events from Oct. 24-28. He will lecture in the Auditorium (A202) at 10:30 a.m.
An Abingdon, Va., native, Blevins refused to let a physical disability stand in the way of his dream to coach in the NFL. Afflicted with a mild form of cerebral palsy and unable to walk, Blevins fell in love with the sport and was determined to forge a career in football. He has taught the art of kicking at the high school, college and professional levels for more than 25 years.
A graduate of East Tennessee State University, Blevins started his coaching career as a student assistant while at the University of Tennessee under the legendary coach Johnny Majors. He spent two years in Knoxville before being named kicking coach at Emory and Henry College.
Blevins went on to serve as kicking coordinator for the World League of American Football from 1995-1997. He was kicking coach for the Miami Dolphins from 1997-2003. He also did consulting work with the New York Jets and the New England Patriots where a free agent named Adam Vinateri had just been signed. A Blevins disciple, Vinateri ranks as one of the greatest kickers in NFL history winning two Super Bowls for the Patriots with field goals. Fellow NFL kickers David Akers and Justin Tucker among many others have studied under the tutelage of Blevins.
October is National Disability Awareness Month. The month was designated by Congress as a time to increase public awareness of the contributions and skills of people with disabilities.
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