Surrender: Dalton football focused on bouncing back with purpose

Matt Hamilton/Daily Citizen-News

Dalton High School football coach Matt Land directs his players during a preseason practice at the school.

Dalton High School football coach Matt Land received the NFL's Don Shula Award today as the top high school coach in the country at the Pro Bowl in Orlando, Florida.

As part of the award, Land receives $15,000 from the NFL Foundation, $10,000 of which will go to the high school football program.

The nominees, one per team, were invited to attend the Pro Bowl today when the winner was announced. Land will also attend the NFL Honors show in Miami on Saturday, the night before the Super Bowl, when The Associated Press hands out its individual league awards. Land will also attend the Super Bowl.

The award is named after the 90-year-old Shula, the Hall of Famer and winningest coach in NFL history. The winner was selected by a panel including Shula, Hall of Famer Tony Dungy, Super Bowl winners Willie McGinest and Mark Brunell and Pro Football Hall of Fame president David Baker.

Land was the Atlanta Falcons' nominee.

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