Once you get past the X's and O's, the job of a college football coach is to inspire those around him, encouraging them to do more than they ever thought possible.
Even though Coach Don Horton has been away from the sidelines for 14 months, leaving his position as tight ends coach at North Carolina State in May 2012, he is inspiring more people than ever before, including those in his own family.
In 2006, Coach Horton sat with his wife Maura in a doctor's office near their Raleigh home and heard words that changed their lives. At age 48, Don was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, joining a million other Americans who suffer from the long-term effects of the debilitating neurological disorder.
For three years, Horton did not tell his players. Then in 2009, an incident in the locker room changed everything. After a game, Horton was changing his clothes but couldn't button his shirt. Russell Wilson, N.C. States star quarterback at the time (before transferring to Wisconsin in 2011...