Joker: We Teach Our Guys To Fight

Reported by: Dan Rieffer

Contributor: Alex Risen
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Updated: 10/15/2012 8:18 pm
Kentucky head coach Joker Phillips says a former UK player, who's battling cancer texted him that all he knows how to do is pray and fight, which is something Phillips relayed to his team following Saturday's loss.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Kentucky head coach Joker Phillips prides himself on teaching his players about life, not just football.

Phillips relayed a message to his team after Saturday night's loss to Arkansas, inspired by a text that he received from a former UK player.

Phillips said, "I got a text last week from a former player that is battling liver and lung cancer and at the end of his text it said, 'All I know how to do is pray and fight.' And I mentioned it to someone in passing, and they couldn't believe, could not believe that a guy facing that would say those words, 'all I know how to do is fight.'

"It kind of caught me off guard, because, look, what do you think we teach, do you think we teach these guys to lose? We teach the guys to fight; with everything that comes up in their lives. It's not just football. You have to fight in the classroom for your grades. They are competing for grades in the classroom. This guy is competing for his life, just wanted to share that with our football team. He's under 40, but that's all he knows is to fight."

Phillips declined to name the former player to whom he was referring.

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