59-YEAR-OLD PLAYER FINALLY GETS BACK ON THE FIELD: Over a month ago, we shared the story of a 59-year-old ex-college player looking for a chance to play football once again. Not only did he make the team, he finally hit the turf this weekend and helped his squad clinch a win:
YAHOO! SPORTS updates the saga of Mike Flynt, the senior senior who secured a spot on the Sul Ross State football team at the beginning of the season. Flynt didn’t see any actual action this year due to a groin injury.But on Saturday, he trotted on the field as a collegian for the first time since 1971. Flynt appeared in 9 plays, coming in as a blocker during kicking situations.
Most importantly, he was on the offensive line blocking for Sul Ross’s last play - a 41-yard field goal that gave the Lobos a 45-42 triple-OT victory over Texas Lutheran:
When it was all finally over, was Flynt exhausted from the physical play and extra periods?Are you kidding?
With a big post-game grin on his face, Flynt admitted, “I’ve enjoyed every bit of this. Stepping out on the field was kind of the exclamation point.”
All 6 members of Flynt’s family were in the Jackson Field stands for his gridiron re-debut. Right after Mike trotted off after his first play in, his daughter Delanie turned to her 1 1/2-year old son Colin and joyously told him, “Your grandpa just played football!“