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A special relationship

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by robdog, Feb 9, 2006.

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    By Scott Yoffe

    <img width="107" height="131" align="left" alt="Wanye Nunnley" id="image1919" title="Wanye Nunnley" src="http://bolttalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/02/COA_wayne_nunnely.jpg" />One of the proudest Chargers in Hawaii for this week's Pro Bowl won't be wearing a uniform.

    Chargers defensive line coach Wayne Nunnely will take a seat in the stands at Honolulu's Aloha Stadium and cheer proudly as he watches his prized pupil, Jamal Williams, play in his first-career Pro Bowl. It's a very special bond these two men share and an even more special relationship.

    "I think it's kind of like a son and dad," explained Nunnely, "because of the years we've put in together and gotten through the tough times. We've had many discussions on various things, not only football, but in life and dealing with personal issues and that type of deal. It really feels like I've been a part of his life in these eight years and I think that's one of the reasons I'm here, because we've had that kind of personal relationship. I'm still tough on him and I think he appreciates that, but I still show him that I love him too."

    Williams echoed the same sentiments when asked to describe his relationship with Nunnely.

    "He's like my father on the field," said Williams. "There are so many things I could say about him. I'm just happy that he's here. I've talked to some of the other guys out here and they didn't have the same defensive line coach through all their years and I've been really blessed that I have."

    Nunnely just completed his ninth season in San Diego, joining the team in 1997, just one year before the Chargers selected Williams in the NFL's Supplemental Draft. This year, with Williams as its anchor, the Chargers run defense was the best in the league. Nunnely was glad to see that effort pay off with a trip to Hawaii.

    "Not only is it good to have him in the game, but for him to invite me to be here with him is really special and it means a lot to me," explained Nunnely. "I told several people that he really should have been in this game several years ago. He's still a hell of a player right now, but three or four years ago he should have been in this game."  Unfortunately he wasn't. It's really a tribute to his being able to stay consistent and working to get to this level. We've talked about it every year that he could be in the Pro Bowl if he worked at it and finally it paid off."

    When Head Coach Marty Schottenheimer announced Williams' selection following a late-season practice, cheers erupted from the team's Murphy Canyon practice field. Immediately after, his thoughts turned to Nunnely and the invitation was extended.

    "This week is even more special because I had the opportunity to bring my coach out here," explained Williams. "It's my eighth year here and I've been blessed to have him be my coach for all eight years."

    When Nunnely got word that Williams wanted him to join him in Hawaii, he was almost speechless. Nunnely, who traveled to Hawaii with his wife, Velda, spoke about what the invitation meant to him.

    "That was a special moment in my coaching career," said a very proud Nunnely. "It meant a whole lot to me because we have spent eight years together and we've been through a lot and to think that much of me to invite me to be here with him was special."

    Nunnely and Williams have spent a lot of time together this week and they dined together on Thursday night near the Ko Olina Resort. Both Williams and Nunnely are looking forward to Sunday's game and a chance for them both to cap off a stellar season, one from the stands and the other from the trenches. It's truly been a special week for a player and his coach, just like a son and his father.
     

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