New Giants coach Joe Judge may be 38 years old, but he has paid his coaching dues, and a story he told at the last Super Bowl Media Day is proof.
Judge, asked to detail the strangest task he had to perform as a young coach, had a story at the ready involving now-former Browns coach Freddie Kitchens — and a swing set.
“So, when I was [graduate assistant] and Freddie was the tight ends and running backs coach at Mississippi State … it was our bye weekend and he grabbed me and another grad assistant named Jody Wright, who’s now working for the Browns,” Judge told Nick Coit of ABC6 in Providence, RI. “He said, ‘Hey, it’s the bye week.’ Yeah, Freddie it’s great. We’re thinking we’re getting a week off, this and that. He’s like ‘All right, we got to put together a swing set for my daughters. So when we’re done here, meet me at my house.’
“So we’re thinking all right, bye week. It’s Sunday. We’ll be out of here 2 in the afternoon. We’ll get a swing set put together. Shoot, we’ll be done by 5 o’clock, eating dinner still home.”
But it didn’t quite work out that way.
“Nope, we don’t get out of work until about 8 o’clock that night,” Judge said, clearly relishing telling the story. “We’re over at Freddie’s house putting together a swing set until 11 o’clock that night. That was on Sunday. We finally finish that thing on Thursday night, working until 11 or midnight every night.
“Freddie, took care of us and gave us money we didn’t make money as GAs.”
But that wasn’t the end of the swing-set saga.
“When [Kitchens] moved to take a job with the Cowboys, another coach, Amos Jones, told me and the same GA, Jody Wright. ‘All right, look Freddie’s moving. [He] can’t take the swing set. … We need you to come over and take the move the swing set with me.’
“We had to carry it across the neighborhood in one piece to get it over there.”
Judge said with a smile that both sets of kids loved the swing sets. Now, that’s paying your dues.
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