Monday, February 6, 2012

NY Giant Hakeem Nicks shares Super Bowl moment with his high school coach



Before New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks was a Super Bowl champion, he was a North Carolina Tar Heel. Before he was a Tar Heel, he played for coach Tom Knotts at Independence High School.

Knotts is probably the best high school football coach in N.C. history, with teams he constructed once winning 109 games in a row and seven state championships in seven seasons.

Before Nicks' senior year, Knotts drove him two hours to Chapel Hill and basically convinced the Tar Heels coaches to offer Nicks a scholarship. And Nicks hadn't played much at all as a junior.

Knotts knew Nicks was special. Nicks became one of the best wide receivers the Tar Heels have had. Sunday night, Nicks became a Super Bowl champion when New York beat New England 21-17.

Nicks never forgot where he came from, inviting Knotts to the game. Another former Knotts' player, Cleveland Brown Mohamed Massaquoi, tweeted a photo of Nicks and Knotts after the Giants' big win.

Massaquoi said Knotts texted him Monday, saying that it was up to Massaquoi to get the Browns to the Super Bowl next -- and invite his old high school coach.

In a tweet, Massaquoi said Nicks told him, "You've got to make that happen."

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

It was great seeing Hakeem in action.
Normally, I'm not a Giant fan but was pulling for the team because of the Nicks and Independence connection. Good to see that he remembered his Coach!

Anonymous said...

Brandon Spikes would never do that. He slammed his old home town of Shelby N.C. Unlike Spikes, glad to see that Hakeem is a class act.

Cait said...

Nice to see those two together! Went to a few Indy games and got to see them in action! :)

Anonymous said...

Nicks fumble could have been disastrous. Please give plaudits to the fullback who recovered the ball.

Anonymous said...

when will he be a free agent s he can come home!

Anonymous said...

Didn't Indy get busted for recruiting?

Anonymous said...

no we didn't get busted for recruiting. try again. let me guess a butler alumni? laughing at you

Anonymous said...

I played for Indy and we did recruit so what. Knotts is an excellent recruiter.

Anonymous said...

Knotts definitely recruited or why else would he leave town when the NCHSAA really started to investigate and crack down? When he could no longer recruit and students had to go to school in their own district, it became obvious he could not beat Butler so he left town to continue his ways elsewhere. I am no Butler Alumni either....I pull for the most successful, sustained, winning program in the history of North Carolina High School football.

cchsol68 said...

@10:06

Reidsville?

Damion White said...

I played for knots at west charlotte and played basketball at west Charlotte/lived with the west Charlotte basketball coach my whole damned life! Knots did not recruit you idiots; what the hell can a publi high school coach offer a student athlete, a f******* scholarship???? Get a life! The superiority to the vastly inferior prep coaches in the area was all te recruiting that was needed. Parents understood that there student athletes had a better chance to excel in sports, learn life lessons and play at the next level after graduating from programs led by knotts or white.

John Heath said...

Good to here from you Damion. I hope all is going well with your father and family. He was an excellent coach in track, football, and basketball. He was an ok gym teacher though. LOL. You are right parents understand excellent coaching and Knotts and White's success recruited themselves.

Anonymous said...

The Shelby fan that wrote in (Anonymous 10:06 AM) does not know as much as he thinks he does.

Why did Knotts leave Indy? For a $74,000 a year guaranteed pay raise and no classroom duties.

When NC did away with double dipping it was evident quality head coaches would look out of state so they could get their retirement and teaching pay.

Knotts at Indy: <$70,000.
Knotts retirement: $39,000.
Choose one or the other to stay at Indy.

Knotts at Dutch Fork: $104,000 base plus bonuses and NC retirement.
Full package works out to approximately $149,000.

Easy decision. btango

Anonymous said...

My name is William Kenney. I'm a Butler Alumni and whether or not Indy recruited Hakeem Nicks was a legit player. How I know? He burnt me for four of those "thangs" (Touchdowns) lol. Two on Junior Varsity and two on Varsity. All I have to say is Hakeem Nicks deserves every moment it. I salute him, I congratulate him, and most of all I pray that he continues to have a phenomenal career (Hall Of Fame). Stay Blessed.

MsClark said...

Im a former student of the Big I and my oldest son played for Coach Knotts along with Hakeem. When ever someone is doing well people who know nothing are so quick to make false accusations. Most of the kids u are talking about all grew up in the same neighborhoods and attended the same elementary and middle school. There are some who moved to be in the district but thats what alot of parents do who can afford to do that anyway. Coach Knotts did not leave the school system because he feared getting in trouble. Anybody growing up in Charlotte knows he has been apart of the Char-Meck school system long enough to know better. There are however several other coaches and schools who found themselves in trouble with these issues. So please get your information corrected before you make comments about a person. Coach Knotts is and will be NC best HS football coach. One year in SC schools sytem he has already turned the schools football program completely around. You would be so lucky to be one of his former athletes!

Anonymous said...

He was found to done "questionable" things but not dimissable. They only looked back 2 years due to budget issues.. I am sure he is a fine coach.

Anonymous said...

Why in the hell wouldnt you LEAVE CMESS?

Anonymous said...

^ imposter who never played for IHS or football

Finally CMS and Knotts IHS teams get recognition after 109 wins and 7 straight 4AA state titles a feat that will never be duplicated. Who would of though Nicks would be the first one to get a SB ring in CMS or Mecklenburg history.

Too bad Knotts is not an NFL coach.

ERNIE HARVARD said...

I have been watching h s football in clt for 32 yrs,the Man is such a good coach that this is Hakeem
Nicks moment and some of y'all want tlk about
the great Tommy Knox,Congrats TO Hakeem and STAY HUMBLE

Anonymous said...

Now U got me started lol but I have to defend Tommy Knotts,I followed him from Harding,The Dub W C to THE BIG I,He could have never recruited because know matter how good u were he never tlk to the parents unless they approached him,Thats why I would tell people he could not be a college coach because he do not like dealing with parents,parents and kids
simply wanted to play for the MAN,he is a flat out great h s football coach,109 is the most amazing thing I ever witness from start to finish,
yes I was in Cincinnati too when the streak ended ..... lol

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