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Gardner Minshew had to fight back his emotions while talking about Mike Leach.
Minshew played for Leach for a season at Washington State, and it’s clear the coach had a massive impact on his life.
“He always made me believe that, and feel that I was special and that I could succeed. Man, that means so much to me and I’ll always be grateful for that,” the Eagles backup QB told the press.
The former Cougars QB also said that if it weren’t for Leach, he wouldn’t have ever even made the NFL.
Mike Leach was a larger than life character.
As we’ve showcased here a few times at OutKick, the support for Leach is truly something to behold.
The former Mississippi State coach died at the age of 61 after suffering a massive heart attack last weekend. He died Monday night surrounded by his family.
His death has left a substantial impact on a lot of people, and it’s clear that Minshew deeply misses him.
Leach convinced Minshew to transfer to WSU from East Carolina over riding the bench at Alabama. The talented passer threw for 4,779 yards and 38 touchdowns.
That single season got Gardner Minshew drafted in 2019 and he hasn’t looked back since. As he said himself, you can credit Mike Leach for him being in the NFL.
There’s no doubt people will keep talking about Mike Leach for a very long time. A man with his kind of legacy isn’t ever soon forgotten.