Tomlin Motivates “Ninth Grade Nation” Of Pittsburgh Schools - News Story - WPXI Pittsburgh: "Steelers coach Mike Tomlin spoke in a rally to motivate the “Ninth Grade Nation” of Pittsburgh area schools.Humm. I had expected that the students who graduated last June would be in college now and would be getting money from the Pittsburgh Promise. What's up with that?
“We all dream of doing great things,” Tomlin said. “What are you going to do today to make it happen?”
Tomlin, as well as Steelers players Charlie Batch and Max Starks, gave speeches to launch the class of 2012 on their first year of high school.
The class of 2012 will be the first to receive college money from Pittsburgh Promise, the organization responsible for the rally.
Perhaps the coach is talking in coach-speak? It could be "first" as in "First Down."