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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

Aug. 1, 2006

Love Assigned to Help Coach Football During 2006 Preseason

MARYVILLE, Mo. -- Together with the NCAA, the National Football League (NFL) and the NFL Players' Association (NFLPA), Northwest Missouri State football has been selected to participate in the NCAA/NFL Coaching Internship Program. Duval Love, a former offensive lineman for three NFL teams, will be a Northwest assistant coach for approximately one month during the preseason.

"I feel real good about going there because of the program at Northwest Missouri State and coach Mel Tjeerdsma being well-respected," said Love. "I am going to try to learn and get some info in coaching and help myself get better."

Love played 12 professional seasons for the Los Angeles Rams (1985-91), Pittsburgh Steelers (1992-94) and Arizona Cardinals (1995-96). He was an All-Pro for the Steelers in 1994 and was chosen to participate in the Pro-Bowl in January of 1995. Most recently, Love was an assistant coach (offensive line) for the NFL Europe team, the Rhein Fire.

In this inaugural year of the program, a group of seven former NFL football players will have the opportunity to explore the coaching profession as interns at Division II and Division III football programs. The internship would be approximately one month in duration, beginning one week before the institution's start of preseason practice and concluding after the institution's first regular season contest. As such, it is anticipated that the internship will encompass most of, if not the entire, month of August.

"It is going to be something very exciting," said Tjeerdsma. "He is unique because he has had three or four coaching internships. He knows some things from his playing days that he can pass along to our guys but most importantly, he will provide a presence that players have not been around before."

Northwest is the only MIAA school to take part in this program and one of seven Division II institutions: St. Cloud (Minn.) State, Northern (S.D.) State, Carson-Newman (Tenn.), Hillsdale (Mich.), Texas A&M-Commerce, Northwest and Concord (W.V.).

Love plans on arriving in Maryville on Friday to start his internship. Northwest, who opens up preseason practice on Tuesday, Aug. 8, begins the 2006 season by hosting Minnesota State on Sept. 2 at 1 p.m.

For more information, please contact:

Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics | 660.562.1118 | Fax: 660.562.1582

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