These were the words of Celtic manager Brendan Rogers
when reflecting on the untimely death of both his parents a few years ago.
In the last few years he’s been getting stick for going through
some sort of a mid-life crisis.
He lost 3 stone, got divorced,
and probably most famously got his teeth done.
Lots of people had a good laugh at his expense.
But I came across this interview he did yesterday
And here’s what he said about the whole thing:
‘Before I got the Liverpool job, I lost both my parents in quick succession.
My mum was 53 and died on February 3, 2010.
That summer, I got the Swansea job and my dad became ill.
In November 2010, he was diagnosed with throat cancer and, less than a year later, he died.
‘You really reflect on mortality then in your life.
I was looking at myself and thinking,
“I don’t want to die this young, I have my own children”.
This probably happens to many people.
Just because you are a football manager, it doesn’t make you any different.
‘Losing them was a tough moment. I was thinking,
“Died at 53, died at 59, I don’t want to go down this route.
So I’ve got to get healthy. I’ve got to be presentable. I’ve got to change”.
That’s when I lost three stone.
I wanted to get fit and give myself the best chance.
I wanted to be around as long as I possibly could for my own children.
So while it’s absolutely great to look and feel well,
for most lads in their 40’s there’s usually underlying reason
of being fit & healthy for their kids
and as Brendan said
“to be around as long as I possibly could” for them
And for lads who join Bulletproof Dad, it’s no different.
Andrew “what’s your reason?” Lahart
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