Carlin cherishes Shrine Bowl honor

Adams Central head coach Bill Carlin looks on against Boone
Central/Newman Grove during their Class C-1 playoff
semifinal game Nov. 13, 2012, in Albion.

In 1997, Adams Central head football coach Bill Carlin was one of the South team's assistant coaches at the annual Shrine Bowl. The South defeated the North 14-13, despite facing Millard North standout, and future Heisman winner at Nebraska, Eric Crouch.

Carlin enjoyed his experience and hoped to one day be given the honor of being named head coach of a team at the Shrine Bowl.

It took 16 years, but Carlin finally got the call.

"After we went for quite a while and I didn't (get asked), I kind of gave up on it, thinking it was past my time that they would ask me. When they asked, obviously, it was a great honor," Carlin said. "This is the 55th Shrine Bowl, so there are just over 100 people that have had this opportunity. I felt pretty humbled by it and honored to be asked.

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