Derrick Brodus was having a pretty typical college frat bro Saturday until he got a surprising phone call from the Tennessee Volunteers. They needed him to volunteer.
The normal kicker for the Vols, Michael Palardy, had gotten hurt on Thursday and was ruled out of the game. His backup, Chip Rhome, subsequently pulled a muscle in the pre-game warmups.
With an hour to kickoff the team didn’t have a kicker.
So, the team put in a call to Fraternity row and found Brodus on the couch at his frat house. With only 50 minutes until kickoff, a policeman came and escorted Brodus to the stadium where, pitching in at the last minute, he nailed all three extra points as well as a 21-yard field goal to close out the first half.
“Let’s get a call to Brodus,” Vols head coach Derek Dooley recalled telling his staff, “and it’s a good thing he wasn’t having too much Saturday afternoon [fun]. I told the coaches, ‘Hey, an intoxicated Brodus is better than nobody.
“Just get him here and we’ll do a Breathalyzer. Fortunately, he didn’t have anything bad.”
That they were able to find a sober (or at least “sober”) 20-year on a college campus at all, let alone a fraternity brother, is a sad commentary on today’s college kids.
This would never have happened in my day.
Kids have gotten soft.