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Charles Douglas

Great article about a great man. Mr. Dwuan Anderson gone to soon. I reacquainted myself with Mr. Anderson a little while ago at a grocery store and almost did not know who he was. I had not spoken to Mr. Anderson in many many years. The author of this article mentioned that Mr. Duane Anderson was a TCISD Grad of 1987, and I was flabbergasted to learn that he participated in so many organizations geared to helping, influencing, and mentoring young people, and most especially young African-American men to desire, and to become successful, law abiding citizens of their communities! The Day I passed him in that store was nothing special because I did not recognize him at all, until I heard a voice say, "Hello Coach!" See I use to be a Community Little League Football Coach too, like Mr. ANDERSON! The difference was I was his little league football Coach! It was back in 1980, and Mr. Anderson was about 12 years of age. I was a Mercenary Headhunter Coach promoted from a different team from within the same organization to turn around a team with vast potential from being a marginal team to being a bunch of HEADHUNTING REGULATORS! Mr. ANDERSON was a mainstay at outside linebacker who helped our team to transform into a winner! I left nothing to chance, because if I was going to ask the team to put in big, coaches were asked to put in big, I put in big, and dressed the part, down to coordinated team colors and white shoe! We tried to help out with any expense or need which our guys had. It makes me smile when I remember facing a team who had beaten our team for three years straight badly, and we had that team first on our schedule! The coaching staff ran a tight, demanding ship at my request because I knew the team's whole season and mindset depended on if they would be READY mentally and physically to handle the powerful, ALVIN PACKERS!!!!! Just before the game, I gave my best Vince Lambardi speech and I laid it on thick because they were ready!!! We pushed them hard from day one of training camp!!!! In the middle of that speech Mr. ANDERSON jumps up screaming with tears rolling down his cheek!! Saying, "LETS GOOOO, LETS GOOO!" I knew then who was going to win that game! The Twin City Rams Senior Team ..20-6... That's who! " After we distroyed each team we had a chant, "WHO DAT, WHO DAT WHO DAT TALKING BOUT BEATING DOS RAMS ..WHO DAT, WHO DAT?" We won the championship without a loss but lost in the Superbowl Division to end the season! Lastly, I am very thankful and impressed with the kind of man this gentleman, call Dwuan Anderson turned out to be and I thank God, I crossed his pathway in this life. If in some way I influenced him to be even a little bit successful, then...I'm greatful! I never saw Mr. ANDERSON again for years, until I heard that voice call out, "Hello Coach!" It made it all worth it to hear this kind of story about a very special young man.

Samuel Collins III

Dwuan was a great guy and is truly missed by his family and community. I would see him often with that million dollar smile. I remember running into him at Barnes & Noble. We were buying books trying to feed the minds of our children and other young people. Great guest column Mr. Johnson. Let us continue to keep his wife and children lifted up in prayer.

mattie james

Dwuan was a big smile and a big laugh at each encounter. Thanks Bro Johnson for drafting such a befitting article.

Kimberley Jones Yancy

Great article about a great man! Thanks Dedrick. It was a blessing to have known him for over 25 years and experience his amazing smile, his love for the Christian church and great love for Texas City.

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