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Azel Grasty, 57

Photograph By Matthias Clamer for ESPN The Magazine

AKA: Oaktownpirate
Oakland, Calif.
Youth football coach (on disability from Homeland Security)
Character est.: 1997
Prep time: 1 1/2 hours

"Mr. Davis hired the first Hispanic coach, first black coach -- he gave me something to believe in. Don't get me wrong, it's not easy looking like this. They don't sell these contact lenses just anywhere, and it's hard going to the bathroom through these belts. But when you see the way the kids receive you, the 3-year-olds who throw up their fists, it makes it all worth it."