Medical update: When age is only a number
June, 5, 2013
By Mike Sando | ESPN.com
Recently hired Arizona Cardinals assistants Tom Pratt, 77, and Tom Moore, 74, stand out for their age in a young man's game.
Moore has given assurances that age will not hold him back, particularly after knee replacement surgeries restored his energy. Pratt has explained how focusing on the present makes the distant past less relevant.
The idea that age is only a number works both ways. How else to explain the news that Freddie Kitchens, the Cardinals' quarterbacks coach and one of the team's youngest assistants on staff, required heart surgery Tuesday?
Kitchens, 38, sat up in bed and showed a sense of humor hours after undergoing the surgery for a defective aorta, coach Bruce Arians told reporters Wednesday.
That seems like a positive sign for Kitchens, who was stricken by dizziness during organized team activities Tuesday. It's too early to know a longer-term prognosis. For now, Moore will coach quarterbacks as well.
Moore's status as a long-time NFL offensive coordinator and Arians' background as a quarterbacks coach puts the Cardinals in position to carry on from a coaching standpoint. Supporting Kitchens and his family through a difficult time is the immediate focus, of course.