Former NFL player teaches his Northern Wisconsin football team anything is possibleSubmitted: 10/11/2017
Katie Leszcynski
Katie Leszcynski
Sports Reporter/Anchor

Former NFL player teaches his Northern Wisconsin football team anything is possible
BIRNAMWOOD - Bernard Holsey didn't always think he would make it to the NFL.

"If you would've asked me, even when I was a senior, if I was going to play professional football, I would've told you 'no'," said Holsey.

After playing at Duke University, he was picked up by the New York Giants in 1996.

But after seven years of playing for four different teams, Holsey left the NFL and later moved to Northern Wisconsin where his wife is from.

And that's when he became a football coach (now the head coach) at Wittenberg-Birnamwood high school.

"I love coaching here," said Holsey.

But one thing he doesn't do is talk much about his time in the league.

"I don't want the kids to feel inferior to me or what my accomplishments were or that they have to live up to my expectations," said Holsey.

But Holsey does have high expectations for his team.

"I'm a tough coach, but I'm definitely one that you can always depend on," said Holsey.

That humble side of him makes an important impact on his players.

"He's a very nice guy, I consider him like a second father, almost. He's been a mentor not only in football, but in life to all of us," said senior Keegan Delforge.

This year is the first time in Holsey's four years that the Chargers have made it to the playoffs, which means a lot to him.

"To see their faces and understand that hard work really does pay off," said Holsey.

The Chargers at Amherst on Friday at 7 P.M. for the last regular-season game.

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