Itís easy to get carried away with the Green Bay Packers 42-24 win over the previously undefeated Houston Texans on Sunday night.
However, one NFL win pales in comparison to the impact former Packers linebacker Bryce Paup has had on Green Bay Southwest High School over the last five years.
As Press-Gazette reporter Scott Venci writes, the four-time Pro Bowler and 1995 defensive player of the year has had a lasting effect on the Trojanís football program since being hired as the head coach in 2007.
Since then, Paup has taken a program that never had won a Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association playoff game in its history and guided them to being one of the stateís top teams.
This past Friday, the Trojans beat Bay Port 21-13 to capture their first conference title since 1975 and will again make a charge to being the first Green Bay public school to qualify for state after falling one game short last season.
A former sixth-round pick out of Northern Iowa who spent his first five seasons in Green Bay, Paupís 41-20 record at Southwest is indicative of his success, but doesnít properly outline the impact heís had on the school, as a whole, and the kids heís coached.
It was obvious from the first day of his first training camp practice in August 2007 that Paup meant business. That was the day he calmly chastised a group of his players for being a few seconds late to practice.
ďOh, man, playing for Coach Paup has been probably one of the best experiences of my life,Ē senior quarterback Matt McMahon said. ďHe is a great man, and he fills his coaching staff with great guys that are willing to help you not only in football but absolutely anything you need help in.Ē
Be sure to read the rest of Venciís column here: http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/article/20121015/GPG020501/310150185/Scott-Venci-column-Paup-has-huge-impact-Southwest-coach?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CGPG-High%20School%20Sports&nclick_check=1