Former UH defensive tackle Keala Watson is being forced to retire from football.
Watson had a productive career with the Warriors despite suffering from Von Willebrand disorder, a condition similar to hemophilia in which a chemical deficiency does not allow his blood to clot normally.
A blood-clotting medicine enabled Watson to play for the Warriors.
But recent medical tests showed that the medication had diminished efficiency in treating his disorder.
“I had a good run,” said Watson, who will earn a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies in May. Next month, Watson’s wife, Leona, is expecting the couple’s first child.
“I’ve been blessed,” Watson said.
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From agent Kenny Zuckerman:
Ninety-three players attended today’s walk-on tryouts at UH. Here, the players make their way to the weight room.
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The prospects had to see how many times they could bench press 225 pounds.
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Here’s defensive tackle Quentin Beaver, who lost 60 pounds and now weighs 320.
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I guess the second Golden Age of local broadcasting has passed.
The first was when the parade of great announcers — Al Michaels, Harry Kalas, Les Keiter, Chuck Leahey, etc. — called local sports.
Then there was the boom from the late 1990s, when UH football road games were shown live and for free, sports-talk radio gave the fans a voice, and Neil Everett was a No. 2 sportscaster.
But the price of doing business has changed the broadcast business, which, I suppose, is now the digital business.
In a time when ESPN 1420 AM has the eighth-most popular morning show, the station was forced to cut out road broadcasts of women’s basketball and men’s volleyball. Men’s basketball was spared from the chopping block.
Sure, the audiences for women’s basketball and men’s volleyball were small. But it gave exposure — and added esteem — to those sports.
But with red ink perhaps made of blood, the days of public-service deeds are over. And, all too often, you don’t realize what you’ve had until it’s gone.