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Ashland will recognize Saturday as Cota's day

Mayor Cathy Golden has proclaimed Saturday Chad Cota Day in Ashland.

The former Ashland High football player, who now plays defensive backfor the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League, will watch theAshland High alumni football game at Walter H. Phillips Field to concludehis day in his hometown.

Somebody asked me if I would support the idea of Chad Cota Dayand make an official proclamation, Golden says. I said it'sa great idea.

Chad is a great fan of his hometown. This doesn't mean Isupport football more than debate, but Chad is an ambassador for this town.

Prior to Chad Cota Day, Cota will ride in the annual Fourth of July Paradethrough the streets of downtown Ashland on Friday. His former coach, JimNagel, will be Grand Marshall of the parade.

It's one of the best things about living in a small town,says Golden. When people excel like Cota has, you have the freedomand ability to recognize it like this.

Cota and former Ashland High quarterback Sonny Sixkiller, perhaps themost notable players in Grizzlies football history, will be honored priorto Saturday's game, which starts at 7:30 p.m.

They will participate in the coin-flip festivities and be introducedto the crowd, says Nagel. It's fitting to have those two guyscalling the flip and being honored.

A list of who's who of former Nagel players at Ashland High will playin the game. That list is headed by quarterbacks and receivers, who helpedthe Ashland COTA, 5D.