The Kentucky football family lost a legend in the passing of John Schlarman, the team’s offensive line coach and four-year letterman (1994-97).
Diagnosed with cholangiocarcinoma in the summer of 2018, the 45-year-old assistant died Thursday following the two-year battle, leaving a hole in the foundation of the program’s “Big Blue Wall” built and developed by Schlarman when he joined Mark Stoops’ coaching staff in 2013.
“I’m heartbroken to learn about the passing of my friend, John Schlarman,” Stoops said in a statement. “My prayers go out to LeeAnne and the kids, Joseph, Benjamin, Matthew and Evelyn, through this very difficult time.
“John was everything we all strive to be – honest, tough, fair, respected. Kentucky football won’t be the same without him but his legacy will never fade. He was a fighter and we will strive every day to honor his warrior spirit.”
Following the news of Schlarman’s passing, the Kentucky football program released a video featuring quotes from the entire coaching staff and several key players on the Kentucky roster.
Stoops, Vince Marrow, Eddie Gran, Darin Hinshaw, Jovon Bouknight, Brad White, Anwar Stewart, Jon Sumrall, Steve Clinkscale, Frank Buffano, Mark Hill, Corey Edmond, Courtney Love, Terry Wilson, Drake Jackson, Landon Young, Luke Fortner, Darian Kinnard, Keaton Upshaw, Kavosiey Smoke, and Chris Rodriguez all spoke out on Schlarman as a person and what he meant to their lives one after the other.
The final product, as you may expect, was quite beautiful.
Check out the complete video below: