Los Angeles Rams General Manager Les Snead may be on the verge of the biggest football weekend of his life, but the Eufaula, Alabama native hasn’t forgotten his Alabama roots.
Sunday evening when Snead’s Rams play the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 53, his old high school coach will be there at his invitation.
Snead graduated from Eufaula High School in 1989. There is no hiding the importance football coaches at all level played in his development.
“Football coaches raised me, Coach Woodham being one of the first,” Snead said this week during an interview with WRBL News 3 in Atlanta.
Snead is talking about Wayne Woodham, who spent 25 years coaching high school football in Alabama. Today, he’s 72 years old and retired in Eufaula. Sunday, he will be in Mercedes-Benz Stadium watching a team built by one of his former players trying to claim the NFL top prize.
Though Woodham had great players who competed on the college level, he never had a player make an NFL roster.
“I think, he has created one of the most athletic teams and best teams I have seen put together,” Woodham said.
Woodham should know. Since Snead became the Rams general manager seven years ago, the two have texted every Sunday night after a game.
“You know, he’s gone through some hard times getting to this point. I know as a coach, those are the hard times and you need someone. I always tried to text him after every game – win or lose,” Woodham said.
There is a little bit of Woodham’s coaching philosophy in the Rams Super Bowl DNA.
“As you think, so you become,” Snead said. “That was one of his creeds – one of his mantras. Each coach that I have been around, I have tried to remember something that they taught. As you think, so you become. My wife said the other day it’s amazing a coach in the deep south had a little Buddhism in him. As you think, so you become. You have one brain and it’s going to decide your ebbs and flows moment to moment.”
Woodham is excited about going to the big game.
“I am so excited. It’s going to be great to be there to support him,” he said. “I know what a big day it is and it’s just exciting to know that he thought enough of me to let me go.”