Townsend joins Giants coaching staff
By Brad Greer
Deshea Townsend, of Batesville, will trade in his Tennessee Titan blue for the Big Apple as the 42-year-old Batesville native was recently named assistant defensive back coach for the New York Giants.
Before a brief two year stint with Tennessee, the former 13-year NFL veteran spent three seasons at Mississippi State as cornerbacks coach. Townsend began his coaching career in 2011 with the Arizona Cardinals where he stayed for two years before going to Starkville.
Townsend quarterbacked the South Panola football team to its first ever state championship in 1993.
Following high school, he made his mark at the University of Alabama where he was drafted by the Steelers in 1998. He spent 12 years with the Steelers and won two Super Bowl rings.
His final season as a player was with the Indianapolis Colts.