A former NFL pro talks to a crowd in La Crosse Monday night about the importance of playing in the pee-wees.
Joe Ehrmann was a first round draft pick who played defensive line for eight seasons in the league.
However, he's not coaching about how to sack a quarterback. He's teaching coaches how to be the role models kids need and to make sure they learn the important lessons sports offer.
Things like teamwork, community, and social- emotional development. And he says it should all start as early as tee-ball. "It ought not to be about wins and losses, it ought not to be about pressure, they're going to have enough of that as they get older in life, but I think it ought to be fun and ought to be playing sports," said Ehrmann.
Ehrmann played in the NFL from 1973 through 1982. Now he speaks for Coach For America, an organization he co-founded.