NFL, college coach speaks at awards banquet

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Cary Godette, director of football administration at East Carolina and a Havelock High graduate, speaks at the Havelock High School Senior Athletic Awards Banquet last week at the tourist center.

Ken Buday/Havelock News
Published: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 05:07 PM.

When Cary Godette left Havelock High School to play football at East Carolina, he wondered about his future, especially after his first practice.

"I never encountered anything as hard in my life," Godette said in speaking at the Havelock High Senior Athletic Awards Banquet last week.

During a particularly rough stretch, he did what any other college student would do. He called home.

"I called back to my parents in Havelock, and I said, ‘mom, I don’t think I want to do this anymore.’ And she said, ‘what’s your plan?’ I said I’d like to come home, and she said, ‘son, you ain’t coming here.’

"It kind of threw me back a little bit because I didn’t have any answer to that one. Only thing left I could do was trudge back up to my room and suck it up."

Godette went on to become an All-American lineman at East Carolina and has had a long career coaching in college and the NFL. He is currently the director of football administration at ECU.

Godette said that call home taught him a valuable lesson about parenting.

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