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Kash Daniel is ‘Honored’ to have Josh Paschal as a Friend



Josh Paschal’s fight against cancer has inspired many. One in particular cannot be more grateful for the lessons he learned about life and football from his friend.

A day after the outside linebacker completed his final cancer treatment, Paschal did not practice, thanks to lingering side effects from the immunotherapy. His coaches and teammates certainly understand. After all the fighting he’s been through, Paschal has earned a little break, even though he did not want to take one the day before his final cancer treatment.

“This is a testament to what kind of worker Josh is,” Kash Daniel began his story. “The other day I was in there working out. We got done working out earlier and it was only a 30-minute lift, so I felt like I needed to do something more. I was in there and low and behold, here comes JP.  He starts doing some flies with me and here comes Coach White, pretty pissed off at Josh. I was like, ‘Why in the hell is he pissed off at Josh for?’ He (White) said, ‘You’ve got treatment tomorrow.’

“You didn’t tell me that,” Kash exclaimed. “All you said was, ‘Hey, can I do some work with you?’ You didn’t tell me you had effing cancer treatment tomorrow. That just shows what kind of guy he is and what kind of heart he’s had throughout the whole process.”

A melanoma diagnosis is scary. Everyone would have understood if it put him down in the dumps. That was never the case with Josh. He fought cancer tooth and nail and never complained. His mentality inspired his teammates, especially Kash Daniel.

The defensive captain told Paschal after his final treatment: “How you’ve handled this has been remarkable because every table was turned against you. You had every reason to quit and nobody would’ve said a thing to you because, knowing the situation, that’s a lot of shit for a young kid, especially trying to be on a college football team, with everything trying to figure out life and how you’re gonna go about things.

“The way he handled it and how he came to work everyday knowing that he was going to beat it, knowing that his brothers had his back and knowing that he always had a smile on his face. He never complained, never once was in a bad mood. I told him it’s helped me, keeping me with a positive mindset and a positive attitude, no matter what’s going on.”

How Paschal handled adversity isn’t just lesson for his teammates to use on the football field. He’s shown the entire Kentucky football program that no matter how many punches life throws, you can take them to the chin before delivering a knockout.

“For Josh to go through what he did and be back out here with us, it’s unreal,” Kash said. “He’s an unbelievable human being, an unbelievable teammate and I’m just honored to have him as a friend, first and foremost. Football is great, being a part of a team is great and I’m really thankful that this football team has helped me form a friendship with Josh that ain’t going to be broken.”


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

8 Comments for Kash Daniel is ‘Honored’ to have Josh Paschal as a Friend

  1. JASUN74
    1:41 pm August 8, 2019 Permalink

    Why not put the video FIRST and then write whatever you want?? Why would someone want to watch the video after we read it first?? No need to even put the video up if you’re just going write everything they say first!! Maybe it’s just me and One of pet peeves I guess!! Still hate it!! Lol.

    After having been made to say all that, Jost is one of the most inspirational young men that I’ve ever seen in my lifetime. Just the way he’s been positive through it all and still fighting to stay in shape enough to be a High level Division 1 athlete is truly amazing. I’m 43 and he’s inspired me to be a better man and not take things for granted. I love that kid and wish him soo much in life.

    He’s one of the reasons why the media, and some of our so call fans that believe we’ll only win 5 or 6 games are going to be eating a big helping of CROW after this season!! Go Cats!!!

    • JASUN74
      1:42 pm August 8, 2019 Permalink

      Josh instead of jost!! Lmao.

    • AwesomeBillFromDawsonville
      1:47 pm August 8, 2019 Permalink

      ^ this guy sounds like a real peach! Jost! Hahaha!

    • RealCatsFan
      6:30 am August 9, 2019 Permalink

      I don’t always watch the videos because sometimes I’m in a place where I can’t use sound. In that case it’s good to have the transcript of what was said.

    • cat_crazy
      10:01 am August 9, 2019 Permalink

      Kash repping Tyler Childers on the shirt… nice!

  2. 4everUKblue
    5:02 pm August 8, 2019 Permalink

    Man Kash seems to have beefed up substantially and so has Josh.

    • JASUN74
      9:02 am August 9, 2019 Permalink

      I hear you. They’re both going to have a special year.

  3. michaelb
    2:51 pm August 9, 2019 Permalink

    Yea jp isn’t the only beefed up guy now . Kash is big as I ever seen him