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New goal in mind
New goal in mind
http://www.kcchronicle.com/articles/2007...060232.txt

By Paul Johnson

Quote:With rainy weather in the forecast, former Kaneland standout P.J. Fleck was worried about the turnout for his third annual Live Your Dream football camp Saturday in Maple Park. But only five of the 100 children who signed up for the event did not show up.

“That was amazing,” Fleck said. “We were really excited about that. I thought it went great. The kids had a ball, and you know how kids are. They loved the rain.”

Fleck got some help from former San Francisco 49ers teammate and current Cleveland Brown Ken Dorsey, former Naperville North standout Jay McCareins – a former Arizona Cardinal who is the younger brother of Fleck’s former NIU teammate and current New York Jet Justin McCareins – and several members of the coaching staffs at NIU and Kaneland.

Folks around Kaneland can expect to see Fleck around more often. After spending last season as a graduate assistant for an Ohio State team that reached the national title game, Fleck begins his first season as the wide receivers coach at his alma mater, Northern Illinois University.

“It’s nice to have him around,” said new Kaneland football coach Tom Fedderly, who was an assistant coach when Fleck was in high school, a career capped off by state championships in 1997 and ’98. “He’s always meant so much to our program. It’s such a blessing to have a kid come back and give back like that. I’m just so proud of everything he’s accomplished because he always worked harder than anybody.”

Fleck still is coming to grips with the fact his playing career is over. After spending two seasons with the San Francisco 49ers after signing as a free agent out of NIU, injuries took their toll. He’s had five shoulder surgeries and appeared in only one NFL game, returning a punt for 10 yards in 2004, while spending the rest of the time on injured reserve or the practice squad.

But 49ers coach Mike Nolan thought so highly of him, he offered Fleck a coaching position as he released him in 2006.

“It was tough,” Fleck said. “I still struggle sometimes with not being able to play because I feel good enough. It was tough to leave the game, but my body told me it was time. It wasn’t me being told that I wasn’t good enough, so that made it easier.”

Fleck consulted plenty of people close to him when it came time to make a decision about whether to try to keep playing or start his coaching career at Ohio State, where he coached tight ends and special teams last season. Fedderly was one person he reached out to for advice.

“He called us a few times,” Fedderly said. “He still misses it. He knows he can still play. He still looks like he can play. I think he kind of struggles with that, but he’s one heck of a coach.”

Fleck, a 1999 Kaneland graduate, hopes to prove as many people wrong in the coaching ranks as he did on the football field. It was thought that the 5-foot-10, 191-pound receiver was too small to make it in football, but he helped lead an NIU resurgence before reaching the NFL.

Now, Fleck wants to start climbing the ladder in his new endeavor.

“I feel everything happens for a reason, and I hope this career goes where I want it to,” Fleck said. “I have a lot of goals. I’d like to be a head coach some day. But right now, I need to do the best job I can at NIU. I want to be the best wide receivers coach in the country right now.”

If anybody wants to say Fleck cannot achieve that goal, feel free. But don’t expect to see Fedderly’s name on the list of naysayers.

“Whatever he sets his mind to, he wants to be the best at it,” Fedderly said. “Anything he wants, he goes after it. He’ll get it. He’d be a great head coach. He’s always been a guy that makes everybody around him better. That’s a great quality for a coach to have.”
06-24-2007 01:58 PM
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Has there ever been a better looking NIU player? (no homo)
06-24-2007 02:02 PM
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rabidawg900 Wrote:Has there ever been a better looking NIU player? (no homo)

I'm glad you said it, because I spent two hours staring at him at Fatty's last night... and I thought I was straight as a Kyle Farnsworth fastball.
06-24-2007 08:52 PM
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cawoo22 Wrote:
rabidawg900 Wrote:Has there ever been a better looking NIU player? (no homo)

I'm glad you said it, because I spent two hours staring at him at Fatty's last night... and I thought I was straight as a Kyle Farnsworth fastball.
His wife isn't half bad either... 02-13-banana
06-24-2007 09:26 PM
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