Reed all about it

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    What could Nick Reed and Mark Sanchez possibly have in common?

    Robert Johnson, their coach at Mission Viejo (Calif.) High School, has been named 2009 NFL High School Football Coach of the Year, it was announced today.

    Not only that, Johnson was nominated for the award by Reed, the Seahawks’ rookie defensive end; as well as Sanchez, the New York Jets’ rookie quarterback.

    “Coach Johnson and his staff at Mission Viejo do a phenomenal job of grooming young kids into not only college-bound athletes but also into men prepared for the challenges of life,” Reed wrote in his nomination essay. “He has remained a friend and mentor to me and has talked me through the highs and lows of my career. He is a great mentor to young men.”

    As the 2009 recipient of the program was created in 1995 by the NFL, Johnson and a guest will be invited to attend Super Bowl XLIV in South Florida next weekend. He’ll also receive a check for $5,000 and a $10,000 grant will be awarded to the football program at Mission Viejo.

    “It’s a well-deserved honor for coach Johnson,” Sanchez added. “His high school teams have been some of the best around. I was part of one of his championships. I’m proud to know him. I’m proud to be close friends with him, and I wish him and his family the best.”

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