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Manor Coach to use Armstrong situation as teaching tool

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Like many, Manor High School Coach Sadd Jackson wanted to believe Lance Armstrong was telling the truth all those years when he defended himself saying he never used PED's.


While some are shocked and upset to find out what Armstrong was doing while winning his seven Tour de France titles, Coach Jackson will use Armstrong's situation as a teaching tool.

"Unfortunately, our society has created a monster in that winning is everything so to speak. Rather than teaching guys great character and having them understand doing things the right way. We teach our guys that winning is winning at all costs," Coach Jackson said.

Jackson says sometimes the cost of winning is greater than what it's actually worth.

"So we need to take a lesson from Lance Armstrong and all the other guys that's been caught up with this situation and understand there's more to athletics and sports than just winning. It's about building comrade and teaching character and building integrity in kids," he said.

"It's kind of hard on some people because you look at them like they had so much success using it. Even though we didn't know about it. But if you want to do it the right way you shouldn't use," said Manor Sophomore Defensive Back Patrick Sneed.

Some people look at Armstrong differently now. But Sophomore Defensive Back Zae Giles says Armstrong is human.

"I mean, he's a human being. Human beings make mistakes and do all the above. So, can't look at him in a bad way," Giles said.

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