Legendary Mississippi football coach Johnny Plummer honored Saturday in Corinth

The 82-year-old Plummer coached the Warriors from 1970-77.

Posted: Aug 25, 2018 10:42 PM

CORINTH, Miss. (WTVA) - Johnny Plummer's life in football has spanned nearly seven decades, and taken him all over Mississippi.

On Saturday, Johnny Plummer went back to the place where it all began, Corinth, Mississippi.  The 82-year-old was honored by the Corinth Old Geezers Organization, or COGO, Saturday afternoon at the Crossroads Arena convention center in Corinth.

Plummer was an assistant football coach at Corinth from 1960-66.  He served as Warriors head coach from 1970-77.

"I spent 15 great years here," said Plummer.  "I had great football teams, great players, and it was the inspiration to me going on to higher coaching fields.  I owe a lot to Corinth, Mississippi."

Plummer took the head job at Corinth just one year after it had integrated with Eason High School.

Larry Dorsey, one of Plummer's former players at Corinth, remembers Plummer's strong leadership during trying times.

"When we integrated, the first year was kind of rough," said Dorsey.  "The second year, when coach Plummer came, it was more of a soothing effect for the whole community, and he did a great job getting us back on the right track."

If you think the 82-year-old has nothing to give to the game of football, you'd be sorely mistaken.

Johnny Plummer currently serves as defensive coordinator at Terry High School outside Jackson, where his son J.J. is the head coach.

"It's unbelievable," said J.J. Plummer.  "We'll go out to eat, and he's drawing up schemes on napkins.  Why not have your dad out there with the career he's had?  He's in three different hall of fames, and he teaches me something new every day."

"It's very, very rewarding to see your son be the head football coach at a 6A school, and feel like you can still contribute to help him win some football games," said Johnny Plummer.

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