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Former Arizona Wildcats standout Wade substitute teacher in offseason

Former Arizona Wildcats cornerback Trevin Wade, a five-year NFL veteran, told recently that he will be a high school substitute teacher in Mesa during the offseason.

“I have four classes left in my masters for secondary education so I’m going to complete that,” Wade said. “I teach in the Mesa School District in Arizona. I teach all the high schools; I just bounce around from different high schools. They request me to come and it’s fun, they’re excited.

“I teach everything but I get requested for math a lot because I did an economics major and personal finance. I want to end up teaching and coaching when I’m done. I want to do high school because I want to get kids attention before it’s too late.”

During the summer, Wade plans on working out with Kentucky coach Mark Stoops, who coached defensive backs and was the defensive coordinator at Arizona when Wade played for the Wildcats.

“I’m going back to Kentucky again,” Wade said. “It’s an every year thing where I work out with my college coach (Stoops) because he knows the best. I think I’ll try a new diet to get leaner and get down even more.”

Wade, who played at Arizona from 2008-11, just completed his second season with the Giants after playing with three different teams in his first three years in the NFL. He was a seventh round draft pick of the Cleveland Browns in 2012.

“I improved on following my instincts more and making tackles when we need to and playing the ball better in the air,” Wade told about his improvements this season. “There’s things I still need to improve on – knowing more of the details of like what is the weakness of our defense and acknowledge that and know that the other team, the good quarterback is going to find our weakness and come at that.

“I need to know a better job of knowing that and have that in mind.”

FOLLOW @JAVIERJMORALES ON TWITTER! publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports,, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America, among many other publications. He has also authored the book “The Highest Form of Living”, which is available at Amazon.

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