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Former NFL QB with local ties helps Bruins

5-2015 Neil, Terry and Mitch Lomax at Bandon Dunes

Lomax Brothers visit Brookings-Harbor HS

By Ryan Sparks, Curry Coastal Pilot May 29, 2015 10:13 pm

Former pastor Mitch Lomax (left) and his brother, former NFL quarterback Neil Lomax, talk to students during their brother Terry’s fourth period study hall class at BHHS on Friday.

Former NFL quarterback Neil Lomax spent 10 seasons under center as the St. Louis/Arizona Cardinals playcaller. Before Lomax played at the highest level of professional football, he was a record-setting quarterback at Portland State University.

Last week, the two-time Pro Bowler  used his vast knowledge of the game and life experiences to inspire students at Brookings-Harbor High School -— in the classroom and on the field.

On Friday, Neil, along with his brother, former pastor Mitch Lomax, sat in with BHHS students during several of their younger brother Terry’s classes — fielding questions from students and providing valuable life lessons.

“I know God has given me amazing gifts,” said Neil, reflecting upon his unlikely journey from Portland State to the pros. “To tell these kids to believe in themselves and trust in your teammates; it’s an honor for me to be able to share that.”

The Lomaxes have been assisting the Bruins football team in passing clinic activities, which continue today from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Lomax, who has been an assistant coach at 6A Roosevelt for the past nine seasons, understands the difficulty that the Bruins have faced with the recent coaching carousel over the past decade.

“I played 10 years in the pros and had four head coaches,” said the college football Hall of Famer. “Do the math on that. In the NFL and college there is a lot of pressure to win; in high school it shouldn’t be that way. I’m trying to re-educate coaches that this is not a means to success. It’s about a legacy. If a coach has that as his premise and foundation, then you start seeing the bigger picture of what sports can do for a kid’s life.”

“The main reason we came down here is because we love our brother,” said Mitch. “It’s important to have the X’s and O’s but what ends up setting you apart is having a commitment to one another and seeing the team as something bigger than yourself. We’re hoping to help the team develop that chemistry with one another that will take them to the next level.”

 

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