High School Football Coach Finishes Coaching a Game Despite Having a Heart Attack

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SJ - November 21, 2020

This might be the biggest football guy move in the history of football.  A high school football coach finished coaching a game, gave his team a postgame speech and did an interview with a reporter all while having a 99 percent blockage in an artery connected to his left ventricle.

Daryl Hayes, the 48-year-old head coach of Saint John's Catholic Prep, started having a heart attack at halftime and finished coaching the game before being taken to the hospital.  His team lost the game 53-0.

From Frederick News Post:

After feeling chest pains that grew gradually worse as the second half progressed, the 48-year-old Hayes eventually experienced numbness in his left arm and part of his left leg. That didn't cause him to leave the sidelines, however. Kelly said the coach took the grit-and-bear-it approach.

"He's a tough guy, and he loves this game. For a lot of these kids, this may be their last football game of the season," Kelly said. "It's been such a horrible year anyway, I think he just was determined to finish the game he loved. I'm just glad he survived it."

You can't ever question this guy's toughness.  But his intelligence can and should be called into question.

It's not like he battled through a heart attack in a close game, that's completely understandable.  He did it through an absolute ass kicking.  That's just football guy stuff.

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