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Kolb's high school coach not surprised with quarterback's resiliency

PHOENIX -- Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb lost his starting job before the season kicked off but has led the team to a pair of big wins, including Sunday's upset of the New England Patriots.

Stephenville, Texas Athletic Director Joseph Gillespie helped coached Kolb in high school and said 'character' best described Kolb then and now.

"He's always saying 'I'm the one that has to put us in position to win ballgames and if I fail to do that it comes back on me.'

"He's a leader in the locker room as a starter or not. What you see is what you get and he will be the same man all the time," said Gillespie.

When quarterback John Skelton was hurt in the season-opener against the Seattle Seahawks, Kolb came off the bench and marched the team to victory. Then helped lead past the Patriots on the road.

Gillespie said losing the starting job before the season opener is not the first time Kolb has faced adversity.

"Not the first time down this road where he's backed into a corner. When his character is tested Kevin always comes out with flying colors."

Kolb figures to start Sunday when the Cardinals host his former team, the Philadelphia Eagles.

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Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

Favorite movies: True Grit, both 1969 John Wayne classic and the remake with Jeff Bridges and Lonesome Dove.

Sports Teams: Washington State University Cougars, Texas Longhorns, The University of Montana Grizzlies.

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