The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Harold Raker

November 9, 2012

Harold Raker's column on high school football: Valley brothers have rooting interest in Titans

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He added, "Sometimes I ask him about how the season went, but usually we don't really talk about it."

Jake said he sees his uncle during his or the family's vacations, times when he has off from his high-profile job.

Nick recalled seeing some of Munchak's games as a player on video. "I was thinking 'wow that's really cool' and then to see him coach, to know him and to be related to someone like that is pretty awesome, and to get to talk to him. It's really cool that I can have that experience."

Nick recalled watching games when his uncle was the line coach and then hearing his name mentioned as a possible successor to Jeff Fisher.

"When he applied and was one of the candidates, I was really excited to think that this is my uncle and he could become a head coach of a team. That it was his team that he played on, that made it even more special. The family didn't have to switch to liking a different team," Nick said.

Nick said that, while the Titans will not rival teams such as the Eagles, Steelers and Giants in the Valley for fan interest, "I have seen some people with Titan stuff. It was cool to see. A lot of my friends like other teams but they know that my uncle is the head coach of the Titans, so they root for him too.

"Some of my teachers talk about it, saying 'how is your uncle doing with the Titans, how did they do this week.'"

He said older people, including some of his coaches, say they remember him as a player and have told him how great he was. Many have told him that Munchak was a great person even before he became a pro football player.

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