Pat Narduzzi gives terrific speech, wins the Broyles Award

Posted by: Pete Roussel on Tuesday December 10, 2013

Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi has won the Broyles Award, which recognizes the nation’s top assistant coach.

Narduzzi helped the Spartans win the Big Ten championship and earn a trip to the Rose Bowl.

The defensive stats at MSU were incredibly, but Narduzzi wanted to talk about something else.

Narduzzi said, “You talk about a great defense. We’re No. 1 in the country in defense.  All those stats are great, but it’s not about that.  The thing I’ve learned under Mark Dantonio in the last ten years is not only the impact of what we do with our players on the field, but it’s the development of people. 

"To me, the most impressive thing we’ve done at Michigan State is not win games or be the best defense in the country.  It’s that we develop individuals.  We’ve got an unbelievable group of kids, but Dantonio has been the leader of that group.  We have impacted people, on the field and off the field.  That has been the most impressive thing we’ve done as a football staff.

“The reason we are successful is that our kids love playing for us and we love coaching them.  A Lee Tressel quote that Coach Dantonio always uses: “They don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”  To me, that has been the key to victory every week.  They don’t care how much defense I know until they know how much we care about our kids.  That’s been the key to what we do at Michigan State.”

We’ll have much more on the Broyles Award throughout the day.

(Photo credit: @BroylesAward via twitter)

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