Speech to Text for Mickey Linder honored at Golden Wave football kick-off dinner
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green wave to the tupelogolden wave. we see players in high school, college and the pros. but they had to start long before that. the man who helped coach a lot of area players before they reached those levels was recognized tonight. wtva's andy lee has that story. andy: for 28 years, mickey linder coached middle school basketball and ninth-grade football for the tupelo public school district. linder retired from coaching in 1997. now 71, linder was honored at thursday's golden wave football kick-off dinner in tupelo. beginning next year, an award will be given to the tupelo football player who best exemplifies coach linder's characteristics. russell copeland played six seasons in the nfl. todd jordan played quarterback at mississippi state both men played for mickey linder, and remember him fondly. russell copeland: 'i've had a lot of great coaches, but i think coach linder is the one that started it all. none of these great coaches who have coached me, from mike holmgren to coach ricky black in high school are any better than coach linder because he was the one that started that foundation.' todd jordan: 'he just got the best out of you. he was not a very big guy, but when he spoke, he made you listen, and he made you work hard.' in tupelo, andy lee wtva 9 sports. the ole miss