[Guest post by DRJ]
Fifty-nine-year-old grandfather Mike Flynt will play Division III college football this fall at Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas:
” Mike Flynt was drinking beer and swapping stories with some old football buddies a few months ago when he brought up the biggest regret of his life: Getting kicked off the college team before his senior year. So, one of his pals said, why not do something about it?
Most 59-year-olds would have laughed. Flynt’s only concern was if he was eligible. Finding out he was, Flynt returned to Sul Ross State University this month, 37 years after he left and six years before he goes on Medicare.”
Flynt was on the 1965 Odessa Permian High School football team, the first of several Texas State championship teams fielded by Permian. (Permian is better known as the Friday Night Lights school.) He was also a “longtime strength and conditioning coach at Nebraska, Oregon and Texas A&M” so he knows how to stay fit. Flynt’s determination to finish his collegiate football career led him and his wife to sell their Tennessee home and move to Alpine, Texas:
“When Flynt returned home to Franklin, Tenn., his wife wasn’t as fired up by the idea. “I feel like I’m married to Peter Pan,” she said. It took time to accept that instead of joining their daughter at Tennessee’s home opener she would be watching her husband hit kids one-third his age.
Eventually she came around. They’ve sold their suburban Nashville home and are now living in Alpine, a town of about 6,000 residents near the Big Bend National Park, a three-hour drive from the nearest major airport.”
Alpine is a beautiful little town but it’s 45 minutes from the nearest Wal-Mart and 2-1/2 hours from the nearest mall so this will be quite a lifestyle change for the Flynts.
Go Lobos and Mike Flynt.