Jason Cole and Rand Getlin
- Jason Cole and Rand Getlin at Yahoo! Sports1 yr ago
Guss Armstead wrapped his arms around his son Armond, trying desperately to ease the pain of a lost dream as the tears flowed from his boy.
Lying in a hospital bed almost two years ago, Armond, then 20, had been given the latest information in a dizzying series of events. In the aftermath of a heart attack, the then-USC junior defensive tackle was told, in so many words, it was time to choose a different path.
"The doctor basically said, 'You're a smart kid, find another job, do something else,' " Armstead, remembering the day in December 2010, said by phone from Toronto. "That hurt so much to hear … I started saying things I wouldn't normally say."
Armstead, who will try to help the CFL's Argonauts win the Grey Cup on Sunday and then hopefully use that as a springboard to the NFL, wailed that football was his life and that it was being taken away. That's when his father leaned in, trying like any parent to soak up some of the hurt at a time when it was all too scary and confusing.