Vol legend Jeff Francis giving back to the sport he loves

John Chavis joins forces with VFL QB Jeff Francis at West Middle School
Published: Sep. 9, 2020 at 8:29 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 11, 2020 at 3:47 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -Vol legend Jeff Frances is returning to Knoxville to give back to the sport he loves.

“It’s the purest form of football that I’ve ever been involved with and most of these guys are out here and they may have big dreams and they may want to do something but hopefully they’re playing because they love the game," said Frances.

John Chavis or as we’ve known him throughout the years Chief, played and continues to coach for the love of the game.

“The biggest thing is how important it is for them to do well , these kids, you see tears come to their eyes when they don’t do things they know they’re capable of doing," said Chavis.

Chavis says it’s important for him to give back what somebody gave to him many years ago and one understanding of that is Francis who says he’s having fun with Chavis and hopes his kids realize who’s there learning these lessons from.

“I don’t think they realize where he’s been in his career until you tell them some of the guys he’s coached like Eric Berry, Patrick Patterson the Honey badger and Myles Garrett. It’s been fun to watch because it’s taken him a while to figure out when he can get on kids and when he can’t," said Francis.

As far as his coaching style these days Chavis adds, “I’m probably a better coach because I’m not yelling and screaming all the time and when I do they tend to listen. Mainly you gotta help them grow and keep their love for the game pure and that’s what you want to do but yes it’s fun but it is different.”

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