“Well Patrick…young Pa…

by Linus

“Well Patrick…young Pat, I’m a farmer, born and raised on a farm, and I’ve hunted all my life. And I’ve…had Springer spaniels with short hair {that} could hunt like hell, and I’ve had long-haired Springer spaniels that coundn’t hunt worth a damn. But you know, when I found one that could hunt, I didn’t give a damn whether his hair was long or short, I just wanted it to hunt.”

-Lyle Setencich-
Linebacker Coach, Arizon State University (1995-1996)

This quote (found on page 177) comes from one of the best books I have ever read, Boots on the Ground by Dusk, My tribute to Pat Tillman, written by his mother, Mary Tillman.  Pat Tillman had just been moved to Linebacker from Safety when he walked into Lyle’s office, who was the new linebacker coach.  The two had never met before when Pat (who had long hair), walked into his office and and says “hey, are you the new linebacker dude?”  Lyle responds by saying “yeah, I’m the new linebacker dude.”  Pat said, “well I hope you know your shit because I want to be good.”  Lyle responds by saying “son, I know my shit.”  Pat asks, “what do you think about my freakin hair?” which was down to his waist.  Lyle then responded with the above quote…