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Jaguars RB Coach Sylvester Croom Featured In ESPNU Doc

Jacksonville Jaguars running backs coach Sylvester Croom is the subject of a documentary that will air on ESPNU at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Sept. 25. The documentary, titled "Croom," is the latest in the network's "Storied" series of films documenting the SEC. For more on Croom and why he's worthy of a documentary, hit the jump.

Crom was the first black head coach in the SEC, running the Mississippi St. Bulldogs from 2004 through 2008. He was let go after posting a 21-38 record in that timeframe, but as the documentary demonstrates, he was a man who held principles above winning:

"When I went into a player's home and told Mom and Daddy that I was going to treat their son like he was mine, that was the truth. If you send your boy to me, if you send him to our program, four years from now you'll get a grown man back. He'll be prepared to provide for himself and his family. He will have his degree. Because if he comes here, I will not play him if he won't go to class. I'm not going to exploit his athletic talents and he leave here with nothing. That was a promise I made to every one of their parents."

Tune in on Tuesday to hear more from the man now coaching Maurice Jones-Drew and the rest of the Jacksonville running backs.

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