After nine years as a college football analyst for ESPN, Lou Holtz and the worldwide leader in sports have parted ways, according to a report from Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated.
“I’m an old man now, I’m almost 79,” the College Football Hall of Fame coach said while at Value City Arena for his induction into the OHSAA Circle of Champions.
“I’m retiring from television. I want to retire when people say, ‘Why are you leaving?’ rather than ‘When are you leaving?'”
Before his broadcasting career, Holtz served as head football coach at the University of Notre Dame from 1986 to 1996.
In his 11 seasons guiding the Irish, Holtz captured the school record for most games coached and ranks second in total victories. In 1988, Holtz led undefeated Notre Dame to a victory over No. 3-ranked West Virginia in the national championship game.
His Catholic heritage isn’t just a part of his life. It is his life.
Recently, a retrospective Holtz listed his values of faith:
“God does answer your prayers, but it’s not always in the way you expect. God knows what’s best for us, so there’s no need to worry when things don’t go how we originally wanted them to go. We just have to be willing to make changes and go a different route sometimes.”
“Winning is about doing God’s will, and it’s also about loving people with all you’ve got.”
“The whole basis of faith is that you don’t need to have something shown to you to believe in it.”
“I think life is a matter of choices and that wherever we are, good or bad, is because of choices we make.”
“I follow three rules: Do the right thing, do the best you can and always show people you care.
Coach Holtz, have a great life in retirement, but always keep sharing your words of wisdom.
Today’s athlete needs them more then ever.