Governor and More Honor State Champions

On Monday, May 15th, in the library at Farragut High School, Governor Bill Haslam and Knox County Schools Superintendent gathered to congratulate the 2016 Admirals football team for winning a Class 5A state championship.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, left in middle, is surrounded by Farragut High School football players in the school’s library after congratulating them for winning the 2016 Class 5A state championship Monday afternoon, May 15. Haslam and state Rep. Jason Zachary [R-District 14, including Farragut] read a proclamation on behalf of “the state of Tennessee” commending the team’s accomplishment. Alongside Haslam are Eddie Courtney, center, varsity head coach, and Ryan Siebe, right, FHS principal. In back is Donald Dodgen, Admirals athletic director.
PHOTO CREDIT: Alan Sloan, Farragut Press
State Rep. Jason Zachary [R-14th District that includes Farragut] joined Haslam to formally congratulate the football team, assembled alongside all coaches in the school’s library — doing so in the form of a proclamation, read by Zachary on behalf of “the state of Tennessee,” and in comments from both politicians.
“As a Knoxville boy who is living in Nashville because that’s where my job is, I get a little tired of hearing how good Middle Tennessee football is,” Haslam said. “And so you all, coming home with that gold ball [trophy] is kind of nice. Now I can say, ‘see, they play some serious football over there.’

“Secondly, I love not just that you won, but the way you did it,” Haslam added about FHS coming from 28 points behind twice to win during the playoffs. “… One thing that came out loud and clear was the character of this team. I’m not surprised knowing your coach [Eddie Courtney] and the other coaches.”

However, Haslam advised the student/athletes, “don’t let that be the highlight of your life. … Build on this, but don’t rest on it.”

“As a ’95 grad of Farragut, this is extra special for me to be here with you guys on behalf of Tennessee,” Zachary told the team before introducing Haslam.

“I think it was great,” FHS principal Ryan Siebe said about the visit. “The visit from the governor was obviously to highlight an incredible teacher, but he was also able to see the kind of well-rounded school we are as far as science and math and then athletics as well, so we’re really glad to have him.”

Special thanks to Alan Sloan and Carolyn Evans of the Farragut Press for covering this event.

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