Deuce Lutui, a starting offensive guard on the Cardinals’ 2008 team that made a run to the Super Bowl, will be helping out with the offensive and defensive lines at Mesa Red Mountain next football season, according to the football team’s Twitter account.
RMFB is excited to welcome Mr. Deuce Lutui into the family. The former AZ Cardinal and USC Trojan will be coaching for RM this fall.
— Red Mtn. Football (@RedMtnFootball) April 8, 2015
Lutui starred at Mesa, before moving onto a couple of junior colleges, then becoming an All-American at USC. But since his NFL days ended, he has been living in Red Mountain’s boundaries. He has an 11-year-old son who played youth football in the area.
Lutui was one of the main protectors during that magical Cardinals season for quarterback Kurt Warner, who will be leading Scottsdale Desert Mountain’s offense during spring football, which starts up at the end of this month. Warner will be chief architect of the new Desert Mountain offense with others helping.
Red Mountain has coaches who have sons the same age. Relationships began through youth football.
“He feels he wants to give back,” head coach Ron Wisniewski said. “Geographically, this is his school where he lives.”
Lutui has been around a few times, meeting the players, and the general impression is that he commands the room, Wisniewski said.
“He’s a really calming influence, well-spoken, bright, has a wealth of experience,” Wisniewski said. “When he walks in the room, the kids are like, ‘That’s Deuce Lutui.’ There is that instant recognition.”
This will be the biggest and most talented offensive line that Wisniewski has had at Red Mountain. “I’m knocking on wood, but i you saw our offensive line come off the bus, you’d think we’re Hamilton,” he said.
Warner is helping new Desert Mountain head coach Mike Morrissey, as he finishes up the school year at Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Prairie.
Warner’s son Kade will be a junior tight end/wide receiver at Desert Mountain next season, when Kurt Warner will have a bigger role as offensive coordinator. He helped out with Tony Tabor’s team last season when Kade was a sophomore receiver/linebacker.