We'll take a brief moment at Hogs Haven to honor Frank "Bucko" Kilroy, who passed away yesterday after an incredibly prodigious NFL career. To wit:
He spent 64 NFL seasons as a player, coach, scout, executive and consultant.
Kilroy's professional football career began in 1943 when he played for the wartime "Steagles," which was the combined Pittsburgh Steelers-Philadelphia Eagles team during World War Two.
He served in various capacities after his playing years with the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys before joining the Patriots. He served as a "super scout" for the Cowboys from 1966 to 1970 -- a period in which Dallas won five straight division titles.
Family is also more important than Football, and a recent article tackles that issue as regards NFL coaches. The portion I will focus on relates to how hard the coaches work, as the piece provides two Redskins who differed greatly in their coaching philosophy.
Regardless, it's not unusual for a coach to sleep in his office during the week on a pull-out couch. Steve Spurrier scoffed at that when he became coach of the Washington Redskins, leaving his workaholic peers feeling vindicated when Spurrier resigned after 7-9 and 5-11 seasons.
He seldom sleeps more than five hours a night, even when he's on vacation, and his body clock runs at such a high speed that others have trouble keeping up. When he saw an assistant coach eyeing the clock during a 1991 meeting, he ordered clocks removed from the room. He still talks in amazement about the coach who left a gameplanning session because he had a bad cold.