Miami's Ginn Puts His Name Back in Spotlight

Justice HillCorrespondent INovember 2, 2009

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 01:  Ted Ginn #19 of the Miami Dolphins returns a kick off during a game against the New York Jets at Giants Stadium on November 1, 2009 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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The name "Ginn" might be as popular to sports fans on the East Side of Cleveland as any last name since "Brown" -- as in Jim Brown.

Unlike the name Brown, the last name Ginn has nothing to do with the Cleveland Browns. The prestige the name carries comes from great high school football. The name is stamped everywhere on perhaps the most successful all-black football program in the Midwest.

The program at Glenville High is the handiwork of one man, a man who played football for the school in the early 1970s. His name is Ted Ginn Sr., and his coaching and mentoring have sent a stream of black players to elite college programs like Ohio State and Michigan.

Coach Ginn has a fistful of talented teens headed to major colleges from his current Tarblooders, a team that's a legitimate contender for the state title in Ohio's big school division. You can't talk about high-school football on this side of the city without hearing Ginn's name.

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