INDIANAPOLIS – Gene Huey is getting out of coaching -- at least for now.
Huey, who spent the past 19 seasons as the Indianapolis Colts' running backs coach, has turned down an offer to take the same position with the Minnesota Vikings.
Huey was fired by the Colts a week and a half ago, shortly after which Vikings coach Leslie Frazier – who coached with Huey in Indianapolis on 2005 and 2006 – offered him the same position in his new staff. Huey said he was leaving coaching to avoid uprooting his family, which includes a teenage son and daughter.
“Leslie blessed me by making me the offer at a time in my life when I needed the encouragement,” Huey said.
Huey said he received advice from former Colts coach Tony Dungy and former Colts Pro Bowl running back Edgerrin James before making the decision.
“My grandma told me, 'Spend time with your kids, because you're going to get old like me,''' Huey said James told him.