Former NFL receiver Jeremy Maclin named head coach in waiting

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Former NFL wide receiver Jeremy Maclin has been hired as a high school head coach in waiting, according to KOMU. He will be the head coach at his alma mater.

Maclin will not officially become the head coach until February 22nd. That’s when the school’s Board of Education has their next meeting.

Former Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Jeremy Maclin runs with the football after making a reception against the Detroit Lions
Jeremy Maclin runs with the football after making a reception against the Detroit Lions (Getty Images)

He is replacing Farrell Shelton, who announced in November that he is retiring. Shelton spent 31 years as a coach, including the past six seasons leading Kirkwood High School.

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For the past two seasons, Maclin has been the team’s offensive assistant. When he is officially hired as head coach, he’ll be the first black coach at the school.

“I am deeply honored to be recommended as the next head football coach at Kirkwood High school,” Maclin said in a press release. “I have been blessed in my life to have mentors and coaches who have had a lasting impact on me. I am grateful for this chance to play such a role in the lives of today’s youth to help fulfill their dreams on and off the field.”

The 32-year-old played several seasons in the NFL. He began his career with the Philadelphia Eagles.

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He also spent time with the Kansas City Chiefs and the Baltimore Ravens.

Maclin is the third former NFL player who will take over high school teams in 2021. Former NFL quarterback Philip Rivers — who retired this off-season — will take over St. Michael Catholic High School in Alabama.

Also, former NFL tight end Jason Witten — who also retire this off-season — was hired as Liberty Christian School in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

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