I usually don't like to post links to other radio shows, but I thought this would be a worthwhile exception because it was so insightful. I listened to it live on the way to work this morning and I was so proud of our football program and Patrick Larimore. Apparently, it was very important for Dan Patrick to do this interview, and as he said after the interview, it took over a week to arrange it because their was some apprehension on the part of UCLA and Larimore about talking about his medical retirement.
However, at the end of the interview Patrick was literally blown away by the maturity of Larimore and how he has dealt with such a tough decision. He is now trying to use it as a positive by being a voice for younger kids and all athletes who may have suffered from concussions or who are too scared to tell their coaches if they have one. It was a great interview, and you could really feel the pain that is still in Larimore from making such a tough decision. Here is the link:
Trust me when I tell you it is worth going to. This will take you to a general page on the Dan Patrick website which gives a summary of the interview:
Larimore said he suffered "horrible" mood swings. He also said it was very difficult to sleep.
"There's a lot of confusion," Larimore said. "You're usually isolated from the team. You don't feel like you're with your brothers any more."
Larimore talked about how hard it will be for him to watch the Bruins' season-opener against Rice.
Larimore said for him the key is for players to be able to openly communicate about concussion and symptoms.
Dan asked Larimore if he would let his kids play the game at some point. "I love football so much I can't even describe it. I'm so grateful for the opportunity to play it. ... I can't sit here and say I'm not going to let my son play."
I hope that the first home game at the Rose Bowl they announce Larimore (how about naming him an honorary captain) and that all Bruins fans give him a long and loud standing ovation. A great kid, and a great interview by Patrick