John McKissick is 91 but the Summerville High School legend who remains the winningest football coach at any level has a workout routine that would exhaust people a half-century younger.
“I go to the YMCA every Monday, Wednesday and Friday,” McKissick said Wednesday. “I do 30 minutes on the treadmill, three miles on a stationary bike and then weight work on four or five of those machines.”
This much we can say about The CHARLEYS, The Post and Courier’s inaugural sports awards program set for May 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the Charleston Gaillard Center:
• McKissick will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award
• Deshaun Watson, Clemson national champion and Houston Texans quarterback, will serve as guest speaker and will take questions from the crowd
Award winners will be revealed during an ESPY-style format that will honor athletes or coaches from South Carolina, Clemson, The Citadel, College of Charleston and Charleston Southern as well as the NFL, Major League Baseball and Charleston minor league teams.
Tickets go on sale Thursday at 11 a.m. and can be purchased at TheCharleys.com or through the Charleston Gaillard Center (www.gaillardcenter.org).
Tickets are $50 and $75 (plus tax & applicable fees).
A sample of the award categories:
• The GOAT (Greatest of All Time) Award
• Best Dressed
• Mr. Class Act Nice Guy
• Tremendous Teamwork Teammate
• Inspirational Award
• Greatest NFL Catch Ever
McKissick retired in 2014 after 63 seasons at Summerville High School. He left with a record of 621-155-13 and 10 state championships.
“I was in a good place and I was surrounded by good people — coaches, administrators and some good players,” McKissick said. “I’ve always heard that if you surround yourself with good people who work hard, good things will happen.”
The football bug hasn’t left; McKissick still goes to Summerville games and practices, though he says he is content to let Green Wave head coach Joe Call — his grandson — make the tough decisions.
Watson was a two-time Heisman Trophy finalist at Clemson. He led the Tigers to two College Football Playoff national championship games, including a 35-31 victory over Alabama in Tampa on Jan. 9, 2017.
Watson was dazzling last fall in his injury-shortened rookie season with the Texans, throwing for 19 touchdown passes and 1,699 yards with just eight interceptions.
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