Not just for kicks - Glenn Co. coach mentors two prep players into NFL
GLENN COUNTY, Calif. - Glenn County and its population of only 28,000 boasts two kickers in the NFL both of whom were helped along the way by Abel Hernandez, a kicking coach who mentored Aldrick Rosas of the New York Giants and Rigo Sanchez of the Indianapolis Colts while in high school.
Sanchez, who punts and kicks off for the Colts, attended Hamilton High School before playing at Butte College and then Hawaii.
Sanchez and his former coach met in a Los Angeles hotel prior to his NFL debut three weeks ago when the Colts played the Rams at the Coliseum.
"He said thanks for coming, and I said thanks for the tickets," said Hernandez. "That was the really cool part."
Aldrick Rosas played his prep ball at Orland High School before playing four years at Southern Oregon University.
Rosas is now the starting placekicker for the Giants and someone fantasy football players want on their team.
"Yes, you're going to want that kid," said Hernandez. "He'll be able to score some points, he's got a huge leg."
Hernandez never forgets his past and how football kept him like a perfect goal attempt - on the straight and narrow.
"My coach in high school made me a kicker and kept me playing football," said Hernandez. "Or I'd be running the streets like I used to."
Today Hernandez volunteers as the kicking coach at Orland High School.
And not just for kicks, but for a way to help young people walk the right path that perhaps leads to the NFL.