Former NFL QB with local ties helps Bruins

5-2015 Neil, Terry and Mitch Lomax at Bandon Dunes

Lomax Brothers visit Brookings-Harbor HS

By Ryan Sparks, Curry Coastal Pilot May 29, 2015 10:13 pm

Former pastor Mitch Lomax (left) and his brother, former NFL quarterback Neil Lomax, talk to students during their brother Terry’s fourth period study hall class at BHHS on Friday.

Former NFL quarterback Neil Lomax spent 10 seasons under center as the St. Louis/Arizona Cardinals playcaller. Before Lomax played at the highest level of professional football, he was a record-setting quarterback at Portland State University.

Last week, the two-time Pro Bowler  used his vast knowledge of the game and life experiences to inspire students at Brookings-Harbor High School -— in the classroom and on the field.

On Friday, Neil, along with his brother, former pastor Mitch Lomax, sat in with BHHS students during several of their younger brother Terry’s classes — fielding questions from students and providing valuable life lessons.

“I know God has given me amazing gifts,” said Neil, reflecting upon his unlikely journey from Portland State to the pros. “To tell these kids to believe in themselves and trust in your teammates; it’s an honor for me to be able to share that.”

The Lomaxes have been assisting the Bruins football team in passing clinic activities, which continue today from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Lomax, who has been an assistant coach at 6A Roosevelt for the past nine seasons, understands the difficulty that the Bruins have faced with the recent coaching carousel over the past decade.

“I played 10 years in the pros and had four head coaches,” said the college football Hall of Famer. “Do the math on that. In the NFL and college there is a lot of pressure to win; in high school it shouldn’t be that way. I’m trying to re-educate coaches that this is not a means to success. It’s about a legacy. If a coach has that as his premise and foundation, then you start seeing the bigger picture of what sports can do for a kid’s life.”

“The main reason we came down here is because we love our brother,” said Mitch. “It’s important to have the X’s and O’s but what ends up setting you apart is having a commitment to one another and seeing the team as something bigger than yourself. We’re hoping to help the team develop that chemistry with one another that will take them to the next level.”


UnDivided: The Movement and Film

What began as a season of service became an ongoing expression of faith.

And it’s sparked a movement …

~ Documentary and Film by Lightning Strikes Entertainment


BeUndivided. It’s a documentary film shot here in Portland Oregon, chronicling the amazing story of friendship between Roosevelt High School – until recently the lowest performing school in the State of Oregon – and SouthLake Church – a community of volunteers who put aside any religious agenda and offered support and love to a community in need.




We’ve all been there. We want to volunteer and help our community in some way. A lot of times we just don’t know what to do or how to do it. Here’s one way to do it.

As Neil Lomax sat in church one June Sunday in 2009, listening to the stories about SouthLake’s first Day of Service at Roosevelt High School, something gripped him and he decided he needed to give back a portion of the gift God had given him. Football. How could he help pass on the great experience of playing football, and make it important in a kid’s life? He couldn’t know then how it would change him, but four years later, he’s still Offensive Coordinator for the Roughriders. And he’s learned that it’s an ongoing battle. This last football season (2012), they made it to the playoffs. It’s only the beginning of what can be accomplished, but Neil and Head Coach Christian Swain are constantly learning and changing their “game plan” for growing young kids into men. Through football.




It’s not about coaching there. See, it’s about mentoring and being a father and being a brother and being a driver and being a parole officer. Christian Swain is unconditional in his love for those boys. Even when they don’t show up on time, or get a D when he worked with them so they could get a B in a class.

~ Neil Lomax, Offensive Coordinator, Roosevelt High School

These guys don’t even know who I am. I had to get out one of my cards and show it to them.

     ~ Neil Lomax, Ex-NFL Quarterback




He only had like one YouTube film and we saw him throw a long bomb for a touchdown. He played a long time ago.

 ~ Jerome Smith, RHS student-athlete

It was tough. Neil comes in with the expectation that he’s gonna coach football.

 ~ Christian Swain, RHS Head Coach




I’ve never seen anything like it. I hope more churches will emulate what SouthLake is doing.

~ Christian Swain, Head Football Coach

The best way to convince people that you don’t have an agenda is to not have an agenda.

~ Kristine Sommer, SouthLake Volunteer

People are very clear in some cases. “I don’t want my kid going to that school”.

~ Charlene Williams, RHS Principal

In the suburbs, we are good at ignoring.

~ Pastor Kip Jacob

This is a beautiful thing. This is putting your faith to work.

~ Charlene Williams, RHS Principal

They loved me. They gave me so much love in return. And here I was just giving them 2 hours on a Wednesday.

~ Sheri Bolick, SouthLake Volunteer

To be there for he short term is not acceptable.

~ Pastor Kip Jacob

All these groups come together to help. After awhile, you just get out of the way and you just let God go.

 ~ Wilson Smith, Nike

Can you please help us find a church partner, like SouthLake?

~ Kevin Palau

It’s a beautiful story of a church showing up just to support an under-served school.

~ Kristine Sommer

Catch the vision. Are you ready to get your church involved and serve an under-supported school?



Father & Son Trip to Seattle

Nothing warms my heart more as a mother, than seeing my husband and son go off together for some Father-Son time. The week before Christmas, Neil was able to get two Seahawks tickets from his dear friend at Nike Football, Laurie Burdett (one of the nicest Nike gals ever). Knowing that Mitch is a Seattle Seahawk fan, she was also able to secure them sideline passes for the 49er game. They watched warmups from the sidelines and then moved to their seats in the endzone. But not before Neil happened upon one of the 49er coaches, Tom Rathman, who played fullback for the 49ers while Neil was quarterbacking for the Cardinals (Rathman also wore #44 which is the same number as Mitch). Read more: