Pete's Ponderings-March 9
Courtesy: New Mexico State University  
Release:  03/17/2009

When ole Pete told you that football head coach DeWayne Walker was making strides in getting to know our town, I wasn’t pulling your whiskers. Walker and his staff have been building the bridges locally with students, fans and just about anyone whose paths they have crossed. He had a special sit down lunch with the local sports reporters to put a face with a name and voice and start the ‘Walker Era’ on the right foot with an open line of communication to those who tell the Aggies story in the media. 


Aggie football players have been involved in more than 500 hours of community work with since January, much of it to local elementary schools in town. The Aggies have pitched their camp at two elementary schools along the trail.  Sonoma and Alameda Elementary have hosted student-athletes as they spent time with kids in music class, at recess, teaching self defense, reading and acting out stories. 


Other changes in the way the Aggie football staff does business involve spring workouts and the rules on visitors. There are no rules. All practices are open and Walker has specifically invited all players and their coaches to be a part of the scene every day they want to. It’s all a part of their effort to show fans that they want you to know them and by doing that you are more likely to support them. This isn’t an idea that was born yesterday, but it is one that is overdue for the Aggies cause.


There also will be a clinic for coaches next month. The Super Bowl Champion Steelers running back coach Kirby Wilson is a part of the camp that will impart technique and strategy and will forge friendships and alliances too. If you are an Aggie fan who has wanted the football staff to be a part of the local scene. Your prayers have been answered.


Come out and let Walker put a face with your name and find out for yourself what he is all about and see if you don’t agree with Pete that this guys has what it takes. This Sunday, March 15, the Aggies will serve you a pancake breakfast. It will cost you $5 but there won’t be a better chance to come out and get to know the new coach with the new approach.


There isn’t a question Walker won’t answer and there won’t be an Aggie who will hesitate to shake a hand or sign an autograph. The Aggies are trying all kinds of new things to show that the football program is on the rise. Take the time to meet them halfway and you’ll be heading for the season ticket line in a hurry. 

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