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|Longtime Boston College High football coach Jim Cotter, who guided the Eagles to two Super Bowl victories, died this morning after a lengthy battle with Lou Gehrig's Disease. He was 73.|
Cotter saw football as the ultimate teaching opportunity where he could instill in his players values that would prepare them for life. "A lot of former players have told me that what they learned from us meant a lot to their success," said Cotter. "The importance of hard work, or trying to do something you didn’t think you could do. Setting goals – realistic goals, and having a plan to achieve those goals, has all played a role in their development as outstanding men."
In one of his last public appearances at BC High, an event to celebrate the release of a biography of his life tilted "A True Man for Others," Cotter asked those gathered to join him in a prayer for a former student who had been severely injured in a car accident. "Here he was, his body ravaged by ALS, and he asks us to pray for one of his former players," said Dan Shea of Milton. "He was a completely selfless individual who was an inspiration to us all. There will never be another person like him."