September 30, 2002
As a former NFL defensive lineman, Albany State head football coach Mike White constantly preaches to his team on the importance of getting their degrees and staying away from agents.But on Monday, the Golden Rams heard the same advice from one of White's old friends, Hall of Fame offensive lineman Art Shell who spoke to the team after their practice Monday night. < /STRONG>
Shell, who played in the NFL for 15 years and was head coach of the Oakland Raiders for five more, talked about his personal experiences in the league, the NFL draft, and stressed the importance of staying in school and getting an education.
Art Shell said "It is nice to get out and talke to the young people because you kind open their eyes up about some things. Especially, when you some stats on the board about making it in the National Football League. And I tell them I all that I don't want to douse your dreams about playing in the league, but let's look at the facts and see the oppurtunity and the chance is not great but it is a great oppurtunity to get a degree."
The 3 time all-pro is currently a consultant in the league's front office but says he enjoys visiting different schools and sharing his advice.
Art Shell will visit with the Fort Valley State football team on Tuesday.