There is a new boss roaming the sidelines at Flint Northwestern High School this season.
Former Wildcat great and five-time NFL Pro Bowl wide receiver Andre Rison has taken over a program that has only won 14 games in the previous five seasons.
Rison hopes his leadership and experience can help turn the football squad around, but more importantly he wants to build character in the student-athletes.
"At this level you get to help so many young kids, you get to build them from within the inside and out," he said. "I think when you coach you have to love it."
Rison went on to play football at Michigan State from 1985-88, leading the Spartans win the 1987 Big Ten Conference title and the 1988 Rose Bowl.
He was drafted in the first-round of the 1989 draft by the Indianapolis Colts and spent 12 seasons in the league with seven teams, including a Super Bowl XXXI win with the Green Bay Packers in 1996.
"There is more to life than drugs, gang-banging and being in the streets at the wrong time," Rison said. "I just try to teach them you can't make the big mistakes -- where you can't overcome them."
Rison and the Wildcats kick off the season Thursday night against Beecher at Atwood Stadium.