John Schlarman’s battle with cancer has been well-documented since his diagnosis in 2018, but it’s been a while since we’ve gotten an update on how Kentucky’s offensive line coach is doing. Today, Kyle Tucker profiled Schlarman in a wonderful piece for The Athletic, speaking with him and the ones who love him most. His treatments for cholangiocarcinoma continue in Houston, and the drug that he’s currently on is taking its toll, but the tough-nosed former lineman that he is, Schlarman never stops grinding, which continues to inspire his players. Here’s a quote from Drake Jackson, the heart of Kentucky’s Big Blue Wall.
“Every coach tells you the same stuff, the coachspeak — work hard, push through adversity — but when you see your coach actually doing that, living it every day right in front of your eyes, are you really going to complain when you’re tired?” Jackson said. “Watch a guy jog to the sideline and throw up, then jog right back out to coach you, and try to make an excuse about being sore. When I don’t want to wake up early and go run, I think of him. When I need to push myself just a little harder, I think of him. We all do.”
You can read the rest of the feature at The Athletic. It’ll require a subscription, but for pieces like this, it’s worth it. Keep fighting, Coach.