NFL names top high school football coach

Jan. 28, 2010 at 3:18 PM
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NEW YORK, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Robert Johnson, head football coach at Mission Viejo High School in Mission Viejo, Calif., is the 2009 NFL High School Coach of the Year.

Johnson earned the honor after being nominated by two of his former players, New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez and Seattle Seahawks defensive end Nick Reed.

More than 75 NFL players nominated the high school football coaches who helped shape them during their teenage years.

Johnson and a guest will be invited to attend Super Bowl XLIV in Miami. He also will receive a check for $5,000, and a $10,000 grant will be awarded to the football program at Mission Viejo High School.

"It's a well-deserved honor for Coach Johnson," Sanchez told "His high school teams have been some of the best around (and) I'm proud to be close friends with him. I wish him and his family the best."

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