The New York Times dives deep into the life of the man with the toughest job in college football, new Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien, revealing his chronically ill 10 year-old son and his family's steely resolve.
Bill O’Brien has an Ivy League education and more than a dozen years as a college assistant, and he took a salary cut of more than 50 percent at age 37 in order to be a glorified film grunt for the New England Patriots. Yet what has shaped him and his wife most has been their experience with Jack, who has a rare genetic brain malformation known as lissencephaly. Jack O’Brien moves around only by wheelchair or commando crawling on his belly and has severely limited motor planning, meaning the brain is slow to tell the body what to do.
Original source: The New York Times
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