BELTON, Texas (AP) - Mike Flynt suited up for Sul Ross State
today, 37 years after he was supposed to start his senior season.
His first hit, however, will have to wait another week.
The 59-year-old linebacker remained on the sideline throughout
his team's 55-14 loss to Division III powerhouse Mary
Hardin-Baylor. Coach Steve Wright decided to play it safe in hopes
of keeping Flynt healthy for the rest of the season, especially the
home opener next weekend.
Leg and shoulder problems kept Flynt from even traveling to the
first two games. He made this trip, and so did his wife and about
50 former teammates and other admirers. They all hoped to see "The
Senior" mix it up with kids one-third his age.
They weren't the only ones disappointed. Midway through the
fourth quarter, the Mary Hardin-Baylor band chanted "We want Mike
Flynt!" and "Put Mike in!"
Flynt was kicked out of school for fighting before the 1971
season. His comeback began in June, when a friend suggested he was
in good enough shape to give it another try. Once he learned he was
eligible, Flynt convinced Wright - a coach eight years younger than
the player - that he could still play.