Cris Collinsworth volunteers to help coach prep team

The glass isn’t half-full for Cris Collinsworth when he examines the NFL lockout and the labor situation right now.

Rather than wait around for something to happen, the NBC analyst is jumping into the football world – as a coach.

Collinsworth, a former wide receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals, announced this morning that he will coach wide receivers for Highlands High School in Fort Thomas, Ky., where his son Jac is on the team.

I am going to get my football fix this fall even if the lockout cancels the NFL season,” Collinsworth wrote on his blog. “The NFL will probably miss at least half of their season.”

Collinsworth is approaching it with a fun and refreshing attitude.

“I have a theory on coaching. Today's kids missed the fun part of sports. We all grew up playing sports in the yard or on the street. We created our own rules and settled our own disputes. We fought and cussed for the first times in our lives with our best friends. By the time we put on a uniform, we had already fallen in love with the game. Today, these kids are being coached by adults and put on select teams by the time they learn their ABC's. They miss all the fun stuff. They almost look at sports as a job. Too bad.

“Maybe the NFL will save me and actually play football, but if not, you will know where to find me on Friday nights. Go Birds!”

It’s nice to see Collinsworth giving back to the sport. It will be even nicer if he’s calling games on Kickoff Weekend – in early September.

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Brad Biggs covers the Bears for the Chicago Tribune

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