Coaches hold event for Gridiron Greats

KEY LARGO — The Reel McCoy with Captain George McElveen holds a slim lead over Sweet Release, skippered by Mike Levy, following Friday's first day of fishing at the Billfish Bowl in the Florida Keys.

Both boats have 14 sailfish releases, but McElveen's team holds the lead based on time of release of the 14th fish.

Reel McCoy anglers include Tom Swift and Dottie Swift from Dallas, Texas, and Islamorada's Taylor Walsh.

Sweet Release anglers Joseph Krawczynski, Jennifer Copeland, Sarah Hoog White, Hays Davis and Rene Dunn all hail from Homestead, Fla.

In third place with 11 sailfish is Viva la Vida. Upper Keys anglers John Cole, Lane Kina, Martin Formetto, Paul Fotterman and Freddy Viceus are guided by Captain Nick Ewald.

A field of 20 boats posted 93 releases heading into Saturday's final day of fishing, according to tournament director Mike Weinhofer.

The Billfish Bowl is being hosted by two-time Super Bowl winning coach Jimmy Johnson and former Chicago Bears' coach Mike Ditka. The event benefits Gridiron Greats, a charitable organization chaired by Ditka that provides financial assistance and health services to retired NFL players in need.