Urban Meyer resigns from the Florida Gators head coaching position for health issues. Florida Gators head coach Urban Meyer resigns over health issues, as he released a statement Saturday saying he’s going to “…focus on my health and family” according to ESPN.com. Urban Meyer will coach his last game for the Florida Gators on January 1 against Cincinnati in the Allstate Sugar Bowl. This is the wise move, because one’s well being should be top priority over coaching fame, accolades, and fortune.
Note: During a Sunday afternoon press conference, Urban Meyer stated that he’ll take a leave of leave of absence instead, which you can read more about at Associated Content here. Nonetheless, the rest of this article can apply to a leave of absence.
Urban Meyer Resigns from Florida Gators for Health Issues: Without Good Health, It’s Hard To Enjoy Success
Going into the New Year’s Day bowl game, he has a 95-18 record as a head coach for 9 seasons and 2 National Championships with the Florida Gators in his five seasons at Gainesville. Urban Meyer has been in the coaching business for nearly a quarter of a century. Because of the pressure to win and all the things that a college football program like the Florida Gators has to do to stay on top, the hours and stress are grueling for head coaches and their staffs, which takes a toll on the health of those in this profession.
Urban Meyer looks fit and trim, but he admitted in his statement that he’s ignored his health for years, which can start to show up in various other health issues, etc. besides gray hairs. Coaching for most of his adult life and giving so much time to his current job (until the end of the upcoming bowl game) has obviously started taking more shots at his health. As you get older, the things you could get away with when younger around ignoring health issues are things that you can’t get away with as more time on this earth transpires.
Urban Meyer Resigns from Florida Gators for Health Issues: The Right Move
The Florida Gators coach will address more of the reasons for his decision Sunday at a press conference in New Orleans. Still, Urban Meyer is making the right move at age 45 before anything really serious or life threatening comes to fruition, and while he can devote more time to his family.
The trappings of being a top coach in the college ranks must be really tempting, but if doing what you have to do to achieve that status destroys your health or kills you, what good is all that worldly success? You can’t enjoy it to the fullest. Urban Meyer, because of his achievements on the gridiron, will have plenty of financially lucrative opportunities awaiting him that don’t involve so much stress and time apart from his loved ones, and which will be less taxing on his health issues.
Meyer to coach final game at Sugar Bowl: http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=4772952, December 26, 2009, ESPN.com news services and The Associated Press