Their Own Words: UT Staff Thankful for Plenty

Football can, and often does, consume the life of a football coach.

But they too have lives away from work, and endure the ebbs and flows of every day life like the rest of us.

They've got plenty to be thankful for outside of Texas' current three-game winning streak and explained to HornsDigest exactly what they are thankful for this Thanksgiving.


Charlie Strong – Head Coach

“Happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy this wonderful day. We are so thankful and blessed to have an amazing family and friends. This is a special day. It is special because God created it for special people." – Strong





Vance Bedford – Defensive Coordinator/Secondary

“I am thankful for the opportunity to coach at my Alma mater. It’s close to home and I can see my family. Coach Bedford went on to say how blessed and fortunate he is to work at the University of Texas with a great coaching and personnel staff." – Bedford





Brian Jean-Mary - Linebackers/Recruiting Coordinator

"I'm thankful for my family and the ability to work at the best university in the country," - Jean-Mary





Tommie Robinson – Running Backs

“I am most thankful for my health, my family and all my loved ones health. All the blessings God has given to me to live a full life everyday.” – Robinson





Chris Rumph – Assistant Head Coach for Defense/Defensive Line

“I thank God for my health and my family." – Rumph





Chris Vaughn – Defensive Backs/Special Teams

"I'm most thankful for my family. The opportunity to be at the University of Texas with Charlie Strong and this staff. This opportunity affords me the chance to provide for my family and influence young men's lives." – Vaughn





Shawn Watson – Assistant Head Coach for Offense/Quarterbacks

"Thankful for the player's trust and willingness to embrace our work ethic and vision for Texas football. They have been unwavering in our vision." – Watson





Joe Wickline – Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line

"There are three things I can say that I am thankful for. No. 1, my family. My wife, kids, and extended family are all doing well. No. 2, I am thankful I am an American citizen. I am apple pie and hot dog and Chevrolet. I am thankful for the people that have paid the price to make that happen. No. 3, I am thankful for Charlie Strong giving me a part, a very small part to work at a great University like Texas. I am thankful for that great experience." – Wickline





Michael Giglio – Director of Player Personnel

"I'm thankful for all the blessings 2014 has brought me. The University of Texas is the best college in the country and the pinnacle of our profession. Being engaged to a Texas Ex has made working towards a National Championship even more special." – Giglio




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