CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) – The Stukes family of Hampton Roads hopes to put themselves in the history books for a second time with a victory by the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.
Virginia Sports Hall of Famer and Chesapeake native Charles Stukes began his career as a cornerback for the Baltimore Colts, who won Superbowl V against the Dallas Cowboys in 1971, cementing his legacy for the family. He played for the Colts for six seasons and had 32 interceptions for 443 yards. He finished the last two seasons of his career with the Los Angeles Rams. His last season dates back to 1974.
Well, Charles Stukes’ son, Dwayne Stukeshas the opportunity to be the second person in the Stukes family to win a Super Bowl — and he’s focused on achieving that goal.
10 On Your Side spoke to the father-son duo Thursday ahead of Sunday’s Super Bowl game between the Rams and the Cincinnati Bengals.
Charles taught his son to play football at a young age. As he got older, Dwayne played collegiately for the University of Virginia as a catcher. He eventually turned to the defensive side of the ball and was a cornerback just like his father. Dwayne Stukes credits his father for all of his success and idolized his game on the court. He believes the foundations he laid for the family will continue for generations.
“He’s a Virginia legend, no matter what people say. He’s in the Virginia Hall of Fame, he’s a Virginia legend, his name carries a lot of weight. His mindset, his athleticism, the things he taught me growing up made me the person I am when it comes to wanting to play football, being an aggressive player and the things I did in my football career Dwayne said of his dad.
Due to multiple injuries throughout his career, Dwayne decided it was best for him to become a coach, so he asked a friend for advice on how to make the transition.
In 2006, his first coaching opportunity began with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers where he was a trainee. He was eventually hired full-time as Quality Controller/Special Teams/Coaching Assistant.
“I am so proud of my son. It’s a person [who will] never give up. He worked hard and he is where he is today thanks to the drive he had. The confidence in himself that he could do anything he [chose] To do. His mindset was so good in football that he chose to become a coach. Now we have another Stukes in the Super Bowl,” Charles said.
Dwayne has worked for several NFL franchises including the New York Giants, Chicago Bears, Dallas Cowboys and Jacksonville Jaguars. He’s had his ups and downs, but his time working for the Rams has been his most successful tenure so far. Dwayne Stukes is entering his second year with the Los Angeles Rams as special teams assistant coach, is 3-0 in the playoffs and wants his team to win on Sunday.
“I mean, there’s no ‘tomorrow’, I know people say that all the time. There’s no tomorrow. Sunday is the last game of the NFL season, and “again, not getting to the top would be very disappointing, it would be heartbreaking. I don’t even have those thoughts in my mind, I’m talking about a Rams win. I believe we have the talent to win the game. Now we just have to go out and do it. You can’t talk about it, you have to go out and actually do it. Dwayne said.