GREENCASTLE—It's a part of a spectator sport, but it doesn't draw a crowd.
Before a practice, after a practice. Before a game, after a game. This simple activity that's required for every football player, Hall of Famer or special teamer.
"When we stretched there was a lot of free time," remembered former Indianapolis Colts running back James Mungro, who performed the activity hundreds of times during his five years in the NFL.
Little did he know the activity meant to prolong his career would end up leading to another.
"Previously we had talked about coaching and stuff," said Mungro of his stretching conversations with then Colts head coach Tony Dungy. "He said I would be a pretty good coach at it."
Three years after his career ended with a torn ACL in training camp, Mungro has turned his stretching conversations into a second life in football, teaching the finer points of the game to running backs at Division-III DePauw University.
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"I've learned so much here in Indiana," said Mungro. "I've had great coaches here in Indiana and now its like giving back what they taught me throughout playing with the Colts."
That opportunity came about thanks to former teammate Aaron Moorehead, who was a college teammate of Tigers' head coach Robby Long while at Illinois.
"Aaron gave me a call one day and said 'Hey, I've got a guy that might be a good part time coach for you," said Long, who became DePauw's head coach in August after Matt Walker resigned. "We played phone tag back-and-fourth and finally able to secure him here at DePauw University."
The stage was much smaller than Mungro was used to in the NFL with the Colts and in his college days at Big East mainstay Syracuse. But it wasn't the surrounding's change that was the biggest shock to Mungro, but rather learning to take his skills and apply it to others.
"At times you get a little frustrated. I did it for a long time, trying to translate that to the individuals sometimes can be difficult," said Mungro of his start in coaching. "But the guys on our team our fast learners so that's the good part about coaching here."
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Yet many of his current running backs found it easy to take to their new coach, who gained a following among Colts fans as a short yardage back from 2002-2006. He rushed for 430 yards and ten touchdowns on 133 carries, but saw his career cut short by an ACL tear during training camp in 2006.
Though he remained on the injured reserve during the Colts run to the Super Bowl XLI title, he would never return to a field again.
"The aspect that he brings is totally different than a lot of coaches at any program," said sophomore running back Jon Ellis-whose rushed for 461 yards and six touchdowns this season. "He's an NFL Super Bowl champion and he really shows us great technique."
Mungro joins defensive backs coach Bobby Jackson as the two DePauw assistants who have played in the NFL.
"He's been through things I've never been through," said Jackson of Mungro. "Playing at the highest level of competitive football. He's obviously been around some great coaching, some different drills things I've never seen."
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For the first time this weekend Mungro will get to a chance to view the Battle For The Monon Bell when his Tigers face Wabash in Greencastle Saturday. For this aspiring coach, its another oppotunity to define himself as a teacher just as he did as a player.
"I know what I'm trying to be and that's just being a good role model for these guys," said Mungro. "Teach them not just football stuff but teach them stuff that's going to help them longer down the road just besides playing football on the field.
"Working with these guys this year has been tremendous."