Many college students graduating this spring still have no idea what they want to do in life.
“The disappointment on her face when I told her I wasn’t coming, it was tough. I thought about it. She made me rethink it. I decided to walk because if it could inspire one person, then it’s worth it.”
Lynn, who went undrafted after playing four seasons at Texas Tech, went on to play six seasons in the NFL as a running back and special teams member with the Broncos and 49ers. He says he always intended to finish his degree, but as he began his coaching career in 2000, that goal faded away. Lynn credits a friend, Dave Szott, with convincing him to go back to school.
He’s especially happy his mother will be on hand for Saturday’s ceremony.
“I was the first person in my family to go to [college], and my mother sat there and watched my son graduate, watched my daughter graduate,” Lynn said. “And I just think she’s going to enjoy watching her son graduate.”
Both reality and perception will be important in this regard, with a compelling need to eradicate mistakes by officials and an even more compelling need to create the impression that the NFL is doing everything possible to eradicate mistakes by officials. For starters, the NFL will need full-time officials, across the board.
The process toward employing officials on a full-time basis already has begun. Eventually, all will need to be full-time employees, given the reality that for any mistake made by a part-time official, the argument will be, “A full-time official wouldn’t have made that mistake.”
And while there’s a practical limit to the number of calls that will be gotten right, it must seem to the neutral observer that the league is trying. Having a full complement of full-time officials cries out, “We’re trying as hard as we can.”