By Chelsa Messinger
It's 8:30 AM and Smiths Station Coach Charles Flowers is doing what he loves.
"If you don't have a passion for the game, you don't need to do it. If you're doing it for a paycheck you need to do it for something else," said Flowers.
"Once you reach a certain point in your career, and you experience the championships, the maturation of young men, and their development, You want to step away from that scene," said Flowers.
You won't find him on the sidelines at a big SEC school. You won't find him on the manicured grass at Smiths Station High school.
You'll find him on a baseball practice field behind Smiths Station Middle School. Charles Flowers is the Head Coach of the Smiths Station Freshman Football Team.
"It was shocking," said Flowers. "And it was a blow. But at the same time, when you build your career on character, and people know what kind of person you are, they know what kind of ethical values you stand for. You really don't understand the things that people do."
"You learn a lot more in one day. Like a lot more," said Anthony Ortiz, a Freshman Linebacker at Smiths Station.
"He's caring about other people. Everyone on this team knows that he cares about us," said Boatner. "He'd jump in front of a bullet for us."
According to Flowers, his biggest accomplishment isn't the two State Titles, or the countless players he's sent to Division I schools and the NFL. It's the impact he's made on shaping players' lives.
"I think I've made an impact. I don't think I have anything to prove," said Flowers.
"If it ended right now... I would be sad, but I wouldn't have any regrets. I wouldn't do anything differently."
Flowers and Smiths Station start the season August 30th.
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