In His Own Words: Why Coach Kennedy ‘Retired’ After Just One Game

In 2022, Kennedy won a 7-year legal fight against the Bremerton School District to take a knee in silent prayer after football games.

  • The reason Coach Joe Kennedy decided to resign after his first game back at Bremerton High School following his Supreme Court victory is “pretty simple,” according to him.
  • “It seemed like the right thing to do to retire on my own terms,” Kennedy told The Daily Signal.
  • It was time to “retire” according to Kennedy, because “nothing is the same. None of these kids really know me. The coaching staff doesn’t really want me. The school definitely doesn’t want me. So, it just made perfect sense for us to just [say], ‘Hey, we finished the fight.’ You know, we were in the race to finish the fight, and we’ve remained faithful, and that’s it.”
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