Fisher DeBerry had a simple approach to every football game.
The former Air Force Academy coach thought his Falcons could beat anybody.
And I mean anybody.
“I always told my players, ‘With hard work, we can beat anybody,’ ” DeBerry said. “Notre Dame, Ohio State, Texas, anybody. I didn’t think we couldn’t win.”
This defiant attitude is one reason – one of the main reasons – DeBerry twice flirted with unbeaten records and won 169 games in 23 seasons, collected 17 winning seasons and defeated many of college football’s greatest powerhouses.
Here’s one thing I’m sure of:
Fisher would have believed his Falcons could defeat Nicholls and Georgia State, two of the (far) less-than-powerful opponents on this season’s Air Force schedule.