Former Dolphins CB Patrick Surtain honored for high school coaching

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Kyle Crabbs
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Former Miami Dolphins cornerback Patrick Surtain knows plenty about success on the gridiron. Surtain logged 37 interceptions to go along with three Pro Bowls and one All-Pro honor over the course of an 11-season career between Miami and Kansas City. Surtain cut his teeth in the league with the Dolphins in the late 1990s and by the turn of the millennium, Surtain was one of the most dangerous cornerbacks in football.

Surtain may have been comfortably retired, but he’s seeing plenty of success on the gridiron all the same. His son, Patrick Surtain Jr, is expected to become a 1st-round draft selection in this year’s NFL Draft after a successful career with the Alabama Crimson Tide. And the elder Surtain has filled the void lost by retirement by coaching high school football. And he’s been named High School Football America’s High School Coach of the Year for his work in 2020.

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Surtain’s American Heritage School in Plantation, Florida won the Florida 5A championship in December by a score of 24-6. It’s the latest in a continuation of dominance for Surtain’s program, which is 58-6 since he took over in 2016. What makes Surtain’s run and success at American Heritage so much fun for Dolphins fans? Surtain isn’t the only former Dolphin on the staff — former receiver Oronde Gadsden and former linebacker Anthony Harris are also featured on staff.

So perhaps a road trip is in order for long-time Dolphins fans — pick a weekend this fall and make the trip to Plantation to see Surtain’s NFL-loaded coaching staff continue to build a dynasty at American Heritage.