Retired NFL Coach
"Lamonte and I worked closely together for five years while I closed out my NFL coaching career with the Kansas City Chiefs. Lamonte was involved with, and in the life of, every player we had on our roster.
I've always believed I didn't coach football, I coached people who played football; therefore the whole process started inside the helmet, not outside. This is where Lamonte fit into our vision, values, processs, and relationship coaching philosophy. Lamonte was in charge of helping me and the organization work with our players in the formation of an attitude that would positively influence a player's vision, values, process, and relationship building program. Our goal with each and every player was to help them be all they could be, both as a player and a person, and I must say, Lamonte did and will always do a superior job of executing this effort.
Coaches don't have the time and some don't even have the interest in the total development of their players, so having a reinforcement center designed to do just that for a coaching staff in my mind is critical! I don't know of anyone in the NFL who did or would do a better job of helping solve most of the problems young athletes sometimes have that interfere with their ability to end up being all they can be than Lamonte Winston. You talk about going above and beyond the call of duty, Lamonte was and I'm sure will continue to be that person. I don't think in the five years I coached the Chiefs there was one player who I had an issue with or concern about that Lamonte wasn't deeply involved in helping me resolve their problems.
Sometimes solving problems that prevent players from being all they can be is not as important as preventing them before they show up on the field. Lamonte was great at being able to design and then implement programs that prevented potential problems before they ever occurred. He was good at detecting problems before they got too big to be resolved.
Competing to make an NFL roster, then remain on that roster, creates a great deal of pressure, that if not coped with properly, can really prevent a player from playing at a level that would allow him to develop a secure position on the team; so having a Lamonte Winston there to detect, then define a course of action, is critical. There are players cut off NFL rosters every year who, if they had been involved with Lamonte or his equal, would have been able to not only remain on the roster, but perform well enough to create his own security.
Lamonte Winston proved to me that he is a man who has all the personal, emotional and intellectual skills to help all those with whom he comes in contact be all they can be, both on and off the field. Do yourself a favor, eliminate ego and pride, and allow Lamonte Winston to help you and your team be all they can be. You can't do it all by yourself!"