Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Kill's resignation is another reminder of everything being temporary in life

                                      Photo Credit: Geno Green

Football can teach some powerful life lessons and for Minnesota coach Jerry Kill, his time on the field came to an end Wednesday.

The 54-year old Kill resigned and retired effective immediately due to health reasons coupled with advice from his doctor to think about life after the game.

No matter how good or bad things are going in life, everything is  temporary and must come to end a some point.

For Kill, the time in the sand glass of 32 years coaching in football expired, but not under his own terms. Kill has been battling with the effects of epilepsy since 2005 and admitted to suffering two seizures on Tuesday, coupled with additional seizures this year.

In Wednesday's press conference, Kill's reality of letting go of the game that gave him and his family so much sunk in.

"I've given every ounce that I have for 32 years to the game of football and the kids that I've been able to coach," Kill said while trying to keep his composure. "Last night, when I walked off the practice field, I felt like a part of me died. I love this game. I've always done it for my family. I thank God for giving me the opportunity to coach this game."

For someone who not only dedicated his entire life to making players succeed on the field, but in the classroom, Kill left an indelible mark on the game.

Kill amassed a collegiate coaching record of 156-102 (.605) overall at Saginaw Valley State, Emporia State, Southern Illinois and Minnesota in 22 seasons.

The ironic timing of Kill's retirement brought to mind Minnesota Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders, who passed away at the age of 60 on Oct. 25 after battling Hodgkin's lymphoma for three months.

Saunders, who was beloved by not only the NBA community, but the city of Minnesota for delivering the Timberwolves eight playoff appearances from 1997-2004 and a Western Conference Finals appearance in 2004.

Weary of the recent fate of Saunders, Kill came to the realization that football is temporary, like any other activity in life.

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