Coach Ben Parks memorial

How many high school football coaches find not one but two retired pro football players in attendance at their memorial celebration? Such was the case in Atherton today when Ronnie Lott spoke and Y.A. Tittle (holding umbrella for shade) attended Coach Ben Park’s memorial celebration. Tittle lived up to one of Coach Park’s mantras, “never give up.” The quarterback played behind Frankie Alberts and John Brodie for much of his San Francisco 49er career, but found more success in his 30s leading the New York Giants to three straight Eastern Division titles. An NFL championship eluded Tittle but not the Pro Football Hall of Fame; he was inducted in 1971.

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It’s unanimous: “We miss you, Coach Parks”

One by one they took the podium to pay tribute to a man so beloved, that even the most gifted speakers among them ran out of superlatives. Menlo-Atherton High School’s legendary Coach Ben Parks was eulogized today as teacher, mentor, disciplinarian, wounded defender, friend, family man, confident and counselor. “Who didn’t fall in love with Coach […]

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