Archive for January 6, 2008
At 29, David Garrard is much the same as he was at 15, his old coach says.
“He was really eager and bright-eyed. He had all the qualities,” Garrard’s Coach at East Carolina, Steve Logan says. “David has a very sweet spirit, he’s fun to be around. He’s a very consistent personality, which I value, especially at the quarterback position – I can’t stand to have some bipolar goofball back there. We went through some tough times, but he was a steady, steady presence.”
Garrard admits that, through quarterback controversies and physical setbacks, it hasn’t always been easy to stay positive – to remain, as he calls it, a “good teammate.”
One test came in 2004, when he had surgery for Crohn’s disease, a painful inflammation of the intestines. He takes medication every eight weeks, a 3?-hour procedure; his next appointment is Tuesday, three days after playing the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first round of the playoffs tonight.
“It’s a horrible disease, something that a lot of people are affected by,” he says. “But I think the Lord blessed me with it, so I could talk about it.”
To Mary Garrard, her husband’s Christian faith is a key to both his personality and his playing style. “About 95 percent of his temperament comes from his faith,” she says. “We’re both Christians: There’s a higher power, God is in charge of everything, there’s no reason to worry about anything.”