Yes, it was flag football, and no, there were no pads, and, well, you get the idea. But 89-year-old Bryan Sperry, who played for Kansas in the 1948 Orange Bowl, ran pretty much the length of the field for this touchdown on Saturday and that’s impressive all by itself.
Sperry’s actual college football career was interrupted by World War II, where he was an infantryman who fought in the Battle of the Bulge (Germany’s last-gasp, bloody counter-offensive toward the end of the war). He returned in 1946 to play for the Jayhawks, moving from the bottom of the depth chart to starting wide receiver and defensive end. The next season the Jayhawks went 8-1-2 and made it to the Orange Bowl.
His TD run was the highlight of Saturday’s alumni scrimmage at Kansas — and possibly the highlight of the entire day. The Jayhawks lost starting QB Michael Cummings to a knee injury in the spring game, and announced the suspension of two other players. Welcome to Kansas, David Beaty!
As for Sperry, there was no doubt that he would reach the end zone, despite his advanced age. Because that’s what he has always done. When asked by the Kansas City Star to describe his military service, he said: “We finished in Germany.”
Yes. Yes, you did.