Jerry Kill will be back on the sideline for his team as they host San Jose State this weekend. Kill suffered a seizure in last week’s victory over Western Illinois. This was coach Kill’s fourth seizure in the three years he has been the head coach of the Minnesota Golden Gophers. All reports point towards Kill being a healthy 52-year-old man.
52 is about average age for a college football coach. Age is not a problem for Kill. The unfortunate problem is that he suffers from epilepsy. There are a lot of health risks that come with epilepsy, one of them is chance for having seizures. This can be very dangerous if an individual is alone.
In coach Kill’s line of work, he is rarely alone. His cognitive functions are not affected by epilepsy. He has proven himself to be a very capable coach on many levels. Epilepsy is not a disorder that will slow down a highly motivated individual like coach Kill.
The coach and his family, along with the University of Minnesota, have chosen not to speak in detail about his health mostly because they are confident that he is a healthy and capable individual. Fans should respect this decision and be proud of Kill and his ability to endure and lead his team.
Fans around the country should tune in this Saturday to enjoy a good football game between San Jose State and Minnesota. Both coaches will be well prepared and ready to do battle. Much adoration should be given to coach Kill. Minnesota is lucky to have a coach who is of high character, who will overcome adversity and who will lead by example.