BONHAM, TX -- He has won three straight football national championships at Appalachian State University and become one of the most successful coaches in college football, But Jerry Moore says everything he knows he learned from his playing days in Bonham. On Monday afternoon, family and friends showed him why he means just as much to them as they do to him.
Over fifty years ago, Jerry Moore laced up his shoes and donned the purple and white of Bonham High School. Now the community that cheered him on while playing football is recognizing his efforts once more.
"It’s an honor and privilege to be able to say this is Jerry Moore Day in Fannin County,” Fannin County Judge Butch Henderson said.
“The city of Bonham, Texas, is proclaiming February 18th as Gerald Hundly Jerry Moore Day," Mayor Roy Floyd said.
One after another, leaders of the Fannin County community presented the three-time national championship coach with tokens of appreciation.
They all meant a great deal to a man who says he has not forgotten where he came from.
"Thank y'all for being so special and making a difference in a kids life that never ever thought he would stand in front of a crowd like this," Moore said Monday.
Since 1989, Jerry Moore has been the head coach at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, but it’s been the last three years that have catapulted him into the national spotlight as his mountaineers have taken the top spot in the land.
Those accomplishments were acknowledged Monday on Jerry Moore Day by the people that know him best.
"Jerry was just like he is today. He was just a wonderful guy, and he was just a natural athlete," high school friend Claudia Herrige says.
"He gave everything that he had, and what I admire about Jerry is and he deserves all the success he got and then some because he’s not only a coach, he’s a teacher," high school coach Leonard Gerner says.
Later this week, Jerry Moore will give our own Daniel Gotera a tour of the Bonham he grew to love from the football fields to the old high school, Moore also explains how his time in Texoma helped shape his life and the lives of the players he's coached at Appalachian State University this Thursday on First News at Six.