DICKSON — Seeing a bunch of football players cut a rug is usually reserved for end zones or former NFL pro-bowlers looking to recapture the limelight on Dancing With the Stars.

DICKSON — Seeing a bunch of football players cut a rug is usually reserved for end zones or former NFL pro-bowlers looking to recapture the limelight on Dancing With the Stars.

That’s not the case in Comet country.

Throughout every hallway and classroom of Dickson High School, the Comets football team came together, ripping and tearing every inch of dated carpet off the floor, leaving nothing but bald cement in a day of giving back to their school.

The school planned on upgrading to stained-cement floors starting next year. 

And when Dickson head football coach Steve Day heard about the school’s plans he was quick to volunteer his team for the task.

Within hours, the Comets had all the carpet torn up. 

A project that would have taken the maintenance crew, Dickson custodian and bus driver Michael Terry significantly longer.  

“It would have taken us forever,” Terry said.

Day thought volunteering his team would be good chance to implement his team’s brawn in a way that would directly impact the school. And when it was all said and done, Day said he saw his young football team start coming together.

“It was good team building  — that I didn’t expect,” Day said. 

“I expected it to just be community service, and we are helping out our school a little bit getting this carpet ripped up, that’s important. But this was the first official day of Spring Football for us. We started becoming a team today.”

Day added a little incentive for the players, turning the project into a competition. 

He split his team — filled with recent middle school graduates and newly promoted seniors — into five groups.

The winners got the glory of donning the team’s championship belt during spring ball and bragging rights. 

The losers got the chance to dig up more carpet.

Dickson senior Joseph Bodkins captained the winning team.

Bodkins said he scouted the potential classroom assignments ahead of time, developing a game plan. 

Once Day shouted “GO” his team of under and upperclassman quickly transformed into a demolition crew, taking first place in the carpet-scalping project.

“We came together, got after it and got it done.”  Bodkins said. “it was all about teamwork, working together — I think we bonded as a team.”

While the bragging rights and championship belt will be worn with pride, Bodkins said the day wasn’t about glory — it was about Dickson,

“This school has given so much to us, we wanted to give back a little bit,” he said.

One person more than pleased with the help was Dickson Principal Matthew Krimmer.

“Our students helping build our school and making it better, its great to see,” Krimmer said. “It probably saves us a thousand dollars too.”