Jerry Kill, going on 20 seizures in six days, holds greatest press conference ever

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Jerry Kill is tougher than you are.
Minnesota coach Jerry Kill brought the college football world to a standstill a couple weeks ago with a seizure at the end of the U's close loss to New Mexico State. There were questions on whether he, and the team, could bounce back from such a scary moment.

Answer: Hell yes. The team's well-being was confirmed by its win on Saturday over the University of Miami (Ohio).

As for Kill, his vigor was on show in a raucous press conference today, during which Kill acknowledged that he's still suffering from seizures, but wasn't going to let it slow him down. At one point, someone asked about the last two games.

"Well," Kill said, "since New Mexico State, I've had about -- I don't know about how many damn seizures. I've had a hell of a lot of stuff happen to me since New Mexico State, so I can't remember my damn name sometimes."

On another question, this one about his seizures, Kill said it was all out of his control, and he just wanted to keep on coaching, according to the U's official transcript.

I ain't changing. You know, I'm tired and I have my wife telling me I'm tired. I have some doctor telling me or whatever. You know, their job is to get it all figured out. They have got to get me on the right medication and all that kind of stuff.

But I can't control what I can't control. I believe in one man and that's The Big Man upstairs, and I'm going to go like hell until I go down and when I go down, and they can do whatever they do and I'm going to go again.

That's who I am. And I ain't changing. And if that ain't good enough -- well, I've been doing it now for six years, and I've coached pretty damn good the last six years and I'll coach pretty damn good for the next 15 years.
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Jerry Kill's great rant ended with a jab at Sid Hartman.
Kill acknowledged that he had a "seizure disorder," and said he'd been on medication for the disorder for years.

"And then they put medication in you," Kill said, "and you put different kinds of medication in your body -- it don't work too good sometimes and ain't worked too damn good this time."

Dealing with medications, Kill said, is left to the doctors, and to his wife of 29 years, whom he described as a "hell of a woman." He said he's got a great medical team, and "they'll figure it out" sometime. For his part, Kill said he wants to keep working, no matter how many seizures he has. Eventually, his tour de force answer worked its way to a light-hearted jab at the Star Tribune's iconic columnist, Sid Hartman.

What the hell am I supposed to do? Stop? I mean, sit in the chair and wait for the next God-dang seizure to come along? There's people that got them every day. I've had about 20 of them in the last six damn days, and I'm still walking, still coaching.

And I knew what the hell I was doing on Saturday. I knew what I was doing when I called it on fourth down and nine. I didn't want to punt the damn ball, Sid, down there on the 32-yard line because I bet we punt the damn thing out of the end zone, we would start on the 20, we would gain 12 yards. What the hell?
Jerry Kill on three-plus seizures a day is tougher than a regular man on his best day.


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21 comments
gametruthordare
gametruthordare

Just me or is the routine cussin a bit insulting. This is college, it is the law? Maybe I could save teaching and drop my child off at the Legion of Brainerd a few days.Sexy Games

Aconley
Aconley

hey y'all.  50 year old female from iowa here with a "seizure disorder" also known as epilepsy.  i've only had the diagnosis since one day before my 41st birthday.  my heart goes out to coach kill. he is just beginning a journey through a nightmare of medication cocktails to find the right combination of drugs to hopefully slow down the seizures. with luck they will stop.  here's the worst part... the side effects of the medications are worse than having the seizures.  have a little compassion for him.  he should never, ever stop what he is doing because 99.9% of the time he feels absolutely normal.  it's just when he has those damn seizures that he doesn't feel normal.  go hawkeyes!

Randy
Randy

my dad has this same seizure disorder. it's surprisingly common in 50+ year old men who overwork themselves. my dad's doc said its due to chronic sleep deprivation over many years.

MX
MX

This guy is so refreshing compared to how uptight, nosey and snobby Minnesotans can be. Sometimes I am embarrassed to admit I'm from here. 

KillFan!
KillFan!

I would count myself lucky if my kid had Jerry Kill for a teacher. He is honest, driven, loyal, calls it like he sees it and approaches his job and family with more heart in one day than most people demonstrate in a lifetime! He also practices what he preaches to his players every day...hard work, accountability and no excuses. Something the majority of college students have never been taught! I hear what he says AND I trust what he does!

Carey Lenn
Carey Lenn

He's a football coach not a preacher.  I love this guy!

Big Herb Dickerson
Big Herb Dickerson

Just me or is the cussin routine a bit insulting.  It is a college he's representing right?  Maybe I could save the tuition and drop my kid off at the Brainerd Legion for a couple days.  

Budster52
Budster52

Your so right.I've had Seizure since brith and my folks like me do anything that was legil.Play football,swim ect.I was a normal person except I couldn't drive.

UofMalum
UofMalum

hey big dick suckinspin your suck, i hope i see you on the streets not only will i call you a cock smoker i will also t-bag your knocked out ass when you are seizing on the floor after i punch you in the mouth,  jerry kill would kick your ass any day

Guy
Guy

There are 49 other states, dude. Why don't you give Mississippi a try? Oh, wait, was that snobby?

Big Herb Dickerson
Big Herb Dickerson

and you think cartoons are documentaries too.  You trust what he does?  He loses more games than he wins.  That's something to strive for.  listen to it again, he careens around what he's trying to say like a drunk Michelle Bachmann and throws in shits and damns like they are candy. Do I feel bad that the guy has a medical condition, sure I do.  But venerate a poorly spoken jock as a shiny example for the young.  No, I really don't think so.   PS. way to slam college students, their parents and teachers too.  dumbass

zink0005
zink0005

Big Herb Dickerson is a cock smoker...

Dan
Dan

Oh, lighten up you thin-skinned crybaby.  For starters, your kids probably already swear worse than Kill did during this article.  Secondly, he's not actually teaching your kids, so what's the issue?  Seems like you're just trying to manufacture some indignation.

Budster52
Budster52

What wrong with you ,you sick m+++++ - f+++. If Randy is telling the truth,hes just making a statement.Kill is a great man/person.I've had seizures all my life.No one knows I have seizures unless I tell them.I just say I just don't feel right.I don't have Grand - Mal. I would like to know if Kill is low on some mineral or if he has epeolsy,ect

MX
MX

Okay, dude, then go there.

Bilky
Bilky

a little bitter, pal?

Big Herb Dickerson
Big Herb Dickerson

Cock smoker?  wow that was a zinger.  really showed your creativity and enlightened worldview.  that said, this cock smoker would "smoke" you up side the head should we ever meet and I heard you use that term.

Big Herb Dickerson
Big Herb Dickerson

and i wrote what i wrote cuz it's what i thought.  i don't seek or need your approval to vaildate my observation.  seems you're the one "manufacturing indignation" with your hyperbolic reply.  thin-skinned crybaby?  thick-headed jock moron to you jackass.

Big Herb Dickerson
Big Herb Dickerson

Dan it doesn't suprise me that you are so offended at someone who thinks anyone affiliated with higher learning should at least try to speak intelligently.  It doesn't suprise me because you yourself seem to strive to baseness.  In other words, you pretty much come off like a dumbass yourself.

Big Herb Dickerson
Big Herb Dickerson

I gotta apologize there Dan.  I thought you were calling me a thin-skinned crybaby... maybe you meant Kill is by complaining about Sids criticism while he was all teared up and quivering there at the end.

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