Ex-NFL Quarterback Dilfer Shoves, Berates HS Player

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Former NFL quarterback Trent Dilfer is apologizing after video of him shoving and berating a high school football player he was coaching was posted on social media.

Dilfer, who is head coach at Lipscomb Academy, can be seen grabbing the player by shoulder pads and pushing him away from the team, while repeatedly yelling at the player to “sit down now!”

The player is tight end Beau Dawson, the son of former NFL kicker Phil Dawson. Phil is the school’s special teams coordinator and played with Dilfer on the 2005 Cleveland Browns team.

Lipscomb won the game 62-7, but Dilfer still had some explaining to do for his actions.

In an apology posted to Instagram, Dilfer said he took full responsibility for no deescalating the situation. He also said that Dawson should not be portrayed as the culprit in the situation, which is how some online interpreted the incident.

According to Yahoo Sports, Lipscomb Academy is a private Christian institution with children from ages 2 to 12th grade. The football team is described as a "human development program masked as a football team" and strives to develop good leaders and people. 

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