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Lance Briggs gives inspirational message to kick off high school football season

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Lance Briggs at the Coaches for Charity luncheon (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

Lance Briggs at the Coaches for Charity luncheon (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

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Coaches for Charity held a kickoff luncheon on Saturday involving teams from Sabino, Sahuaro, Sunnyside, Nogales, Rincon, Pueblo, Buena and Tucson. Former University of Arizona and Chicago Bears standout Lance Briggs was the keynote speaker.

“Football is football and I’m honored to be able to speak to these young men today,” Briggs told AllSportsTucson.com before the luncheon.

“Football will teach them a lot about life and the impact it has and how they will one day be able to give back to the game and society,” he added.

Briggs was also a standout at national power Elk Grove High School in California. He remembers those days fondly.

“We were a dominate team with two state championships,” Briggs said. “We sent a lot of kids to college but I feel you learn more about yourself from losing than winning and we won a lot of games. I did a lot of personal growth at Arizona and I’m grateful for that experience also.”

Briggs also announced that he will attend Arizona in the fall to try to earn his degree. The future NFL Hall of Famer feels he owes that to his family and teachers.

MORE ON THE KICKOFF LUNCHEON AT AZPreps365.com

Former UA players Scott McKee (left) & Brandon Sanders joined Lance Briggs. McKee coaches at Sahuaro and Sanders coaches at Pueblo. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

Former UA players Scott McKee (left) & Brandon Sanders joined Lance Briggs. McKee coaches at Sahuaro and Sanders coaches at Pueblo. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

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Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here, on AZPreps365.com and on the pages of the Vail Voice and the Tanque Verde Voice. Contact Andy Morales at AMoralesMyTucson@yahoo.com

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