Roberts Feature to Air on NBC Sports Network

  • By Andy Staples (@andy_staples)
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  • September 11, 2012 02:47 PM
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West Virginia cornerbacks coach Daron Roberts had lofty goals growing up in Texas. He wanted to be his state’s governor and eventually a Supreme Court justice. But while attending Harvard Law, he did an interview with then Texas Tech head coach Mike Leach for a paper he was doing on a possible connection between legal training and coaching football and it changed his life forever. Roberts spent two weeks in Lubbock, Texas, shadowing Leach as he analyzed game video, hosted high school coaches and dealt with players. Of the experience, Roberts said, “The most amazing two-week period of my life.” In that moment he knew was he was supposed to do with his life.

In 2006, during his third year of law school, he wrote 164 letters to head coaches and defensive coordinators throughout the NFL and college football. His story and his willingness to work for free gained the attention of then Kansas City Chiefs head coach Herman Edwards. After a three-week unpaid internship with the Chiefs, Roberts stayed on as a full-time unpaid employee for the 2007 season before landing a staff job at the end of the season. After two years in the NFL he felt he was better suited for the college game. He ran into West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen at the BCS national title game in 2011, and Holgorsen hired him because he was intrigued by his resume and was given a great recommendation from Leach. This past year Roberts was named co-recruiter of the Big East by Scout.com. Edwards said, “The way he goes about his business, it won’t be long until he’s a head coach.”

Here is the link to a tease for the Roberts feature airing on NBC Sports Network tomorrow night at 9 p.m.