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Former coach reflects Shaquil Barrett's two Super Bowl Championships

The Linebacker is a graduate of Boys Town. His former coach reflects on his journey.
Posted at 6:01 PM, Feb 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-08 19:01:18-05

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are champions and much of Husker nation is celebrating the big win since three champions are former Cornhuskers.

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) - From state champion wrestler to superbowl champion, former coach Aaron Groff said his former student is more than meets the eye.

"Very good student, Shaquil was actually a National Honor Society student which a lot of people actually don't know," Groff said. "Excellent student, but even a better young man."

Barrett is a Baltimore native and arrived at Boys Town as a 15-year-old.

"Shaquil's older brother Kevin was with us and was doing really well and so, when there were some of those delightful challenges in Baltimore, it just made sense that he would join Kevin out here at Boys Town also," Groff said.

At Boys Town Groff said Barrett wanted to prioritize his work ethic, taking on a "workers always win" mentality.

"He was one of those kids that would learn from mistakes, he understood leverage and angles and all those wonderful things that are very difficult to teach and he really was a student of the game, both in football and wrestling," Groff said.

Groff is proud to have played a part in Barrett's career but his professional successes are not what he is most proud of; Barrett is carrying on the lessons from Boys Town to the national stage.

"Even as a young person, he understood the importance of being humble, he also had a very good understanding of faith, those things were a nice combination, so even when he did experience a lot of success, he did a fantastic job of staying grounded," Groff said.

Groff said he plans to keep watching Barrett's journey through the NFL.

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