Touchdown Tony Nathan

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Tony Nathan grew up in Alabama where he loved to play sports. When he was in high school he tried to quit the football time. However, Tony’s mother Louise Nathan did not let him and took him straight to the head coach and asked for Tony’s spot back. He was accepted back where he played at safety. But one game changed that; he went from hardly playing to in on every offensive snap. Safety is played on defensive but his coach tried him out on running back and he scored. While playing in high school Tony received the name Touchdown Tony. While playing football in high school the legendary coach of the Alabama Crimson Tide, Bear Bryant came and stayed at Tony’s house until he agreed to go to Alabama for his college year. Tony did end up accepting…show more content…
He also finished with 1,997 rushing yards with 29 touchdowns while also having 203 receiving yards with 2 touchdowns. After college the Miami Dolphins in the 3rd round of the 1979 NFL draft drafted Tony. Tony Nathan was a football star while playing for the Dolphins. While playing in the NFL he had many great games. One of those games being the 1981 divisional playoff game where Tony had 169 total yards of offense and 2 touchdowns. However, the Dolphins did not win that game and were eliminated from the playoffs. Tony played for the Dolphins for 9 years before retiring. He retired with 3,543 rushing yards and 16 rushing touchdowns and 3,592 receiving yards also with 16 receiving touchdowns. He also passed for 61 yards and a touchdown. Shortly after Tony retired he became to buccaneers backup running back coach. They did not get off to a good start…show more content…
But while coaching they rose to 11th and eventually to 4th. That was a very good change for the buccaneers but in 2001 they dropped down to 30th out of 32 teams. Tony was then fired and coached for a couple of years at Florida International University. Tony then became the Sanfransico 49ers running back coach. But Tony was only the coach for not even a year and was fired later that year. Tony has had many books written about him and also has one movie that has recently came out. The movie’s name is Woodlawn. Tony is a very inspirational person. From coming from a humble family and at a school that hated African American people to being a football star and being inducted into the senior bowl hall of fame with many other greats such as Curtis Martin and Michael Strahan. Tony probably never expected to be a football star from coming out of where he lived. But he beat the odds and he had a purpose when running. He proved everybody wrong that doubted

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