- Paul Kuharsky, ESPN Staff Writer
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Before training camps kick off, a number of players and some coaches will pay tribute to people who helped them make it to the NFL as part of the AFC South Blog’s summer series: “Early Influence.”
ScaifeBo Scaife, Titans tight end
“My high school coach [at J.K. Mullen High School in Denver] was Butch Johnson, who played for the Cowboys. I always think about things he told me, drills he used to have me doing. I attribute a lot of my success to that.
“He taught me how to run routes, how to catch with my hands, stuff like that, basic fundamentals that separate the good player from the great player. I learned all that stuff at a young age and it definitely kind of gave me a curve ahead of a lot of guys my age.
“When I got to Texas, it definitely put me ahead. I saw it every day in practice and I think the coaches saw it too. Things that were evident on the field where they would be like, ‘Where’d he learn that from? You just don’t learn that on your own.’
“I listened and I learned a lot and it added a lot to my game. You can learn so much by listening to someone who’s been there and done that…
“I talk to him when I am back in Denver all the time. I think he knows what he’s meant to me. He was with me when I signed my letter of intent to college. He called me when I got drafted. He’s been a great influence on me and my life and I am very thankful to have him and a lot of other people.”