September 22, 2023

A coach’s life: The patient leadership of Marvin Lewis |

Marvin Lewis didn’t know he wanted to be a coach growing up. But he knew he didn’t want to work in the Pennsylvania mills near his home.

“My dad worked in the mill, and he would work three shifts,” he told me, recalling the summer he worked in the coke mill. “I spent nine weeks in the mill one summer and it was nine weeks of hell.”

Football was his way out of the grueling job. “When it got closer to football season, the foreman would ask me if I wanted to work more, and I told him, ‘No, I’ve got to work out.’ I begged to get off of work the next summer too. That was hard work.”

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