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Jerry Kill

Jerry Kill: Taking a needed step away

We were all reluctant to say this, as Minnesota football coach Jerry Kill waged hand-to-hand combat with epilepsy and his game-day seizures -- five in a little over two years -- piled up.

But there was a growing feeling that Kill was doing no one any good by continuing to try to fight through his affliction. And yet there was such nobility about his fight -- and Kill had done such good work to bring attention to epilepsy and to make people understand that there should be no stigma attached to it -- that to suggest as much seemed almost improper.

Now it doesn't. Now, at least, Kill has acknowledged he needs to step away and deal with his affliction.

For the first time last week a game-day seizure took him away from his football team for an entire game, and that appears to have been the required impetus for him to go try to deal with the disease. And thank God for that.

After all, if he comes back stronger and less inclined to seizures, it will only enhance his ability to get his message across. And how can that not be a good thing?

Ben Smith's blog.