Players Remember Grossmont HS Coach

Grossmont Foothillers lost a coach and a mentor

By Brandi Powell
|  Thursday, Feb 16, 2012  |  Updated 2:09 PM PDT
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Grossmont High School's head football coach Ron Murphy died Wednesday after a battle with melanoma. His players said while the coach looked weak recently his messages about life still hold up strong. Brandi Powell reports. Photos courtesy Chris Stone / La Mesa Patch

Grossmont High School's head football coach Ron Murphy died Wednesday after a battle with melanoma. His players said while the coach looked weak recently his messages about life still hold up strong. Brandi Powell reports. Photos courtesy Chris Stone / La Mesa Patch

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Grossmont High School's head football coach Ron Murphy died Tuesday after a battle with melanoma.

His players said while the coach looked weak recently his messages about life still hold up strong.

Murphy taught Special Education but when you talk with his players, they’ll tell you about the life lessons they learned from the 48-year-old coach.

"Other than my parents he's taught me the most out of anybody ever,” said junior football captain Ryan Green. “Just hope that everybody remembers everything he's tried to tell us and teach us."

While Coach Murphy's death may have left his football players with a loss, he did plenty while he was alive, to fill them up.

"In the weight room he'd always say, 'You're either preparing for success, or you're preparing for failure," said senior football captain Hunter Roper.

After his diagnosis, Murphy told his players they’d never catch him sitting down during practice or workouts. Players said he held to that promise.

"He would always tell us to hold ourselves accountable first, and then hold everyone else accountable," Green said. 

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