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Derrick Nnadi says his toughest coach was at FSU, not the NFL

The Chiefs defensive tackle credits a former Seminoles assistant for a lot of his success.
Former Florida State star Derrick Nnadi credits FSU assistant Odell Haggins for helping his NFL career.
Former Florida State star Derrick Nnadi credits FSU assistant Odell Haggins for helping his NFL career. [ REED HOFFMANN | AP ]
Published Feb. 4

Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi’s head coach (Andy Reid) is a future Hall of Famer. His coordinator (Steve Spagnuolo) is a former NFL head coach, and his position coach (Brendan Daly) is one of the best in the league.

But none of them, Nnadi said, are as tough as his former position coach at Florida State, Odell Haggins.

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“He really pushed me to the brink from my rookie year to my senior year,” Nnadi said. “It took me a couple years to really click, all the things he was doing.”

Specifically, Nnadi said the Seminoles legend refined his technique, because that’s the difference between making it to the NFL and sticking there for a long time. Nnadi bought in, blossoming into an all-ACC talent and third-round pick who’s now a win away from a second consecutive Super Bowl ring.

Derrick Nnadi started for three years at Florida State.
Derrick Nnadi started for three years at Florida State. [ Times (2016) ]

“I really give a lot of props to him,” Nnadi said of Haggins. “He kind of helped mold me into the player I am today.”

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