Late Northwestern coach was bred an Ohio football star

Updated: August 31, 2006, 2:51 PM ET
By Pat Forde | ESPN.com

TROY, Ohio -- Before he became a nationally recognized and universally respected football coach, before he became the Most Valuable Player of a Top 15 team, before anyone outside this western Ohio town knew his name, Randy Walker was Tevye.

As a senior at Troy High School, Walker played the lead role in the school's 1972 production of "Fiddler on the Roof." A guy who grew up as a nonstop jock put on a fake beard and sang his heart out.

"He got some of the other football guys to get in ...

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