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Today's lesson: How to be a coach and a father

Furey said Peter's decision to play football was influenced in part by going to Niskayuna games when he was younger and watching such players as AndrE Davis and Chris Nappi.

"He saw successful they were, and he wanted to be part of that," Furey said.

Jim Smith

Retiring CBA football coach/athletic director

Smith knows all about coaching his children. His two sons, Jimmy and Packy, played for him at CBA in the 1990s.

"They got along with everybody," said Smith. "I've heard horror stories about other situations where coaches' sons didn't get along with their teammates, but I was fortunate."

Smith encouraged Jimmy and Packy to play a variety of sports. It just happened that they picked football when they reached high school.

"Growing up, I never pushed them into football. They never even played Pop Warner," said Smith. "Athletics were part of the family, but I never said, 'You have to do this.'"

When they reached the varsity level, Smith said he made it clear to Jimmy and Packy that there would be no special treatment.

"People always ask when you're coaching your kids, 'Is it difficult?' and I remember someone saying that if you coach all your players like they were your kids, it's not a problem. That's what I tried to do," said Smith.

Smith added that it wasn't always easy on his sons to be on his team. "They see you interacting with other kids all the time, and I think it's more difficult on them than on you. You've got to be aware of that, but we were pretty open about it at home," he said.

Smith is retiring, but his son Jimmy is carrying on his coaching legacy. The former CBA tight end and defensive lineman is Bethlehem Central High School's running back and defensive back coach.

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