High school coach symbolized hope

Updated: June 29, 2009, 8:05 PM ET
By Wayne Drehs | ESPN.com

PARKERSBURG, Iowa -- As he stood on the wall of his crumbling foundation last summer, pointing to the soaking-wet pillows that saved his life, Ed Thomas refused to cry. Sure, the 58-year-old high school football coach had had his moments, thinking about the six people who lost their lives in the F5 tornado that leveled half the town. But this was no time for tears.

Instead, this moment was a chance to inspire. To motivate. To spread his lifelong message of resurrection. Ed Thomas ...

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