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June 22, 2013

‘Juice provided by the Mountaineer fans’ top memory for Jozwiak: PHOTOS

EVERSON — As an athlete, coach and teacher, Brian Jozwiak’s focus is usually on the present and future.

An exception for the former West Virgina University All-America offensive tackle and first-round pick by the Kansas City Chiefs in 1986 is the Brian Jozwiak Celebrity Golf Classic.

Friday’s event at sun-baked Green Hills Country Club — the 23rd annual classic — was time for a little reflection for Jozwiak, who now makes his home in Florida.

“Every time I come back in all these years, I get to almost purge my conscious,” Jozwiak said. “I’m a high school teacher. I’m a coach. I live in the moment, and I’m anxious for tomorrow. I don’t live in the past.

“But when I come to this golf tournament, it affords me that opportunity to kind of go back and reminisce. When I see all these former teammates and coaches and (Thursday) night hanging

out with Mr. (Ed) Pastilong (retired WVU athletic director), those relationships are still intact almost 30 years later. For me, it’s a time to go back and really feel good about what we did in those early ’80s.”

Jozwiak, playing under Hall of Fame coach Don Nehlen at WVU, was a redshirt in 1981, when the Mountaineers capped a 9-3 season with a 26-6 whipping of heavily favored Florida in the Peach Bowl.

 

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