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Former Detroit Lions wide receiver Mike Furrey named college coach

By Alex Butler

GAFFNEY, S.C., May 11 (UPI) -- Limestone College pulled its next coach from the NFL ranks, when it named former Detroit Lions wide receiver Mike Furrey to the position Tuesday.

Furrey coached wide receivers at Marshall last year. He was officially named to the Saints' staff Wednesday afternoon at a press conference.

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"We are absolutely thrilled to announce Coach Furrey as our head football coach" Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Mike Cerino said in a release. "With his deep knowledge of the game and his understanding of what it means to be successful on the field, in the classroom, and in the community, I know that he will continue to build the Limestone football program in all the right ways."

Furrey served as head coach at Kentucky Christian University before joining Marshall's staff.

"Respect is what I envision for the future of our program," Furrey said, according to NBC4 WYFF. "We will be a respectable team, not just on the field, but in our everyday lives. I am excited, honored and very grateful that Mr. Cerino and President Griffin have given me this opportunity to be the head football coach at Limestone College."

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Furrey retired following the 2009 season, when concussions forced him from playing for the Washington Redskins. His best season came in 2007, when he led the NFC with 98 receptions as a member of the Detroit Lions. Furrey also played for the St. Louis Rams and Cleveland Browns.

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