A high school football coach in Utah is receiving the praise and thanks of both his players and community ... and now that his recent act has gone viral, the praise of the nation as well. 

Attention began turning on the coach after he suspended his entire football team in an effort to help them "build character" once he'd become fed up with hearing reports of them skipping class, getting bad grades and even cyber bullying a classmate.

Last week, the team reportedly performed community service before getting their uniforms back.

"I think we deserved every little bit we got," said one player of the coach's extreme measures.

"Hopefully it'll show to everybody that football's not just about playing the game," said another player, "and being a great person is really what all of this amounts to when you get older."