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Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Woodrow draws motivation from Rose Bowl

By Travis L. Brown

Two collegiate players who have played games in the Rose Bowl Stadium over the past two years came from a single area high school.

No, it’s not Euless Trinity or Southlake Carroll. It’s none other than little Woodrow Wilson in the heart of East Dallas who supplied TCU with defensive back Greg McCoy and Texas with linebacker Sergio Kindle.

Woodrow head coach Bobby Estes went to both of his former player’s games in Pasadena, last year when Kindle and Texas played in the national championship game and TCU's New Year's Day Rose Bowl victory.

“It was an electric atmosphere,” Estes said. “It’s historical. ... And to see Greg perform so well. He made some outstanding plays. It was great stuff.”

Estes said he talked to McCoy before the Horned Frogs’ first Rose Bowl game and gave him advice on returning kicks. He said McCoy was elated after the game and was very happy on his decision four years prior to go to TCU.

McCoy joined TCU four years ago when the Frogs were happy to make it to the Texas Bowl. In the four years McCoy has been at TCU, the team has become a national power with two BCS berths and a Rose Bowl victory.

Estes said he will use McCoy’s story to help motivate his players back at Woodrow, showing them that anything is possible in four years' time.

“TCU was very competitive and a good football team when Greg entered TCU, but aspirations of being undefeated and a national championship, that wasn’t on the agenda,” Estes said. “These kids understand that it’s not where you go to school, it’s the difference you make when you go to school, and we apply that to Woodrow Wilson.”

Woodrow’s campus sits just a few blocks away from Juliette Fowler Homes, historically a home for orphans and widows when it was established 119 years ago and now serving as a retirement community. As, perhaps, a new mantra for the Wildcats this upcoming season, Estes drew a connection between TCU’s rallying cry of “Little Sisters of the Poor” and Woodrow’s place in the East Dallas community.

“Being down the street from an orphanage, we might be the little orphans of North Texas, but we want to play like the mighty mites of the area,” he said.