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Former USM WR Todd Pinkston Continues Football Career at Petal High School

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One former Southern Miss football player continues his football career, right here in the Pine Belt.

"It's kind of enjoyable because everybody always remembers me being at Southern Miss," says former Southern Miss wide receiver Todd Pinkston.

After graduating as the school's second all-time leading receiver, Pinkston went on to play six seasons in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles.

After a ruptured achilles cut his career short, Pinkston decided to put his coaching and sports administration degree to good use.

"I went to the Philadelphia Eagles - did the minority coaching internship for training camp," says Pinkston.

That was in 2009.

Now, he is back in the area coaching at a local high school.

"Coach Buckley gave me an opportunity to come over here at Petal High School, and I've been here for five years now," says Pinkston.

Pinkston's professional highlights include five trips to the playoffs, as well an appearance in Super Bowl XXXIX against the New England Patriots, where he caught four passes for 82 yards.

But he says coaching at Petal, stacks right up with experiences like those.

"Oh I think it ranks high because I get a chance to mentor the kids and tell them the little things about football," says Pinkston. "It isn't all about the accolades. It's about hard work, and once you put the hard work into it everything will speak for itself."

But one receiver describes Pinkston as a coach that rewards hard work.

"He makes it worth it," says Petal senior wide receiver Kye Broom. "He makes us have something to look forward to at the end."

Broom refers to one drill, where Pinkston gives his wideouts a chance to work on their touchdown celebrations.

After all - fun is the name of the game.

"He's all about hard work, but then again he mixes it up and some days he's just all about fun," says Petal senior wide receiver Jesse Jackson.

"He finds a way to make learning fun," says Broom.

"The comradery that we have as far as having fun, making sure these kids are enjoying the game of football I think is one of the biggest highlights I'm enjoying," says Pinkston.

***Note:  He played in Super Bowl XXXIX, not Super Bowl XLIV as was said on tape.

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