Horton Teaching the Bearcat Way

Horton Teaching the Bearcat Way

Bearcat Insider caught up with former Bearcat Antoine Horton to find out what he's been up to since his football days ended.

After playing for the University of Cincinnati from 2002 to 2006, stand-out cornerback Antoine Horton made a name for himself as being one of the toughest secondary players in Conference USA and soon after the Big East.

Coached by now linebackers coach for the Philadelphia Eagles Rick Minter, and then by current Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio. Horton entered the University of Cincinnati with Political Science as his major, but he ended up graduating with a degree in Communications.

So after being a great player on the field and greater in the classroom, where is he now?

Insider caught up with the former Bearcat at Cincinnati's annual Spring Game to talk about his accomplishments since graduating from UC.

After leaving Cincinnati with a degree, Horton attempted a career in the NFL but with past injuries to his knees and hamstring, it hampered the opportunity. He then travelled west to Washington to play in the Arena Football League but the tenure also didn't last long and he made his way to Louisville (Ky.), which is where he is now stationed.

Now Horton has gone from learning lessons on the field and in the classroom, to teaching lessons on the field and in the classroom in Louisville.

Starting out as a substitute teacher at Moore Traditional High School, Horton went back to school to receive his Masters in Special Education. He has been coaching high school track for three years and high school football for five years, two at Moore and the past three years at his current high school duPont Manual.

Horton talked about one of the key offensive weapons for Cincinnati that he had the chance to coach in high school.

"I coached MeKale McKay in high school and I knew that he was a good kid and a talented one at that. When it came time for picking a college, I supported him 100%," said Horton. "But he ended up going to Arkansas. After a little time in Arkansas, he decided he wanted to transfer and I told him that Cincinnati would be a great fit for him and here he is now, doing great things for the Bearcats."

Horton was asked about the lessons he learned while at the University of Cincinnati and how he applies that to the teams that he coaches. He mainly talked about unity on and off the field.

"The main thing that I learned here at UC is how to be a part of a team. My favorite part of being here was the camaraderie and unity that I had with my teammates," Horton said. "That's what I want to teach and instill into my players to let them know in order for them to succeed, you have to believe in yourself and trust your teammates as well. The reason this is so important is because this applies to so much more than just football. It goes much deeper and further than sports. It prepares them for life."

Horton was finally asked about his greatest moment at UC and where he wants to be in terms of his future.

"Greatest moment is definitely graduating. Walking across that stage and getting my diploma was probably one of the greatest, if not the greatest moment of my life. I was the first person in my family to graduate in four years. As for my future plans, I eventually want to be an Assistant Principal or Principal of a high school. I love kids and I want to see them do great things for their lives and I want to be that piece that takes them there."

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