HOUSTON (AP) — Matt Schaub returned to Houston Texans practice on Wednesday after taking time off to attend his grandfather's funeral, a man he called his biggest fan.
The quarterback, normally reticent about discussing his personal life, smiled as he recounted what his grandfather Bob Rutledge meant to him
"He was always there, always supportive," Schaub said. "First one I would talk to when I got home from games growing up and in high school and college. He would always be there to support me. He was a special man ... he lived 90 great years."
Rutledge, who lived in Roswell, Ga., died Aug. 4. Schaub, whose middle name is Rutledge, was thankful he was given the time off from training camp to attend the funeral on Tuesday in North Carolina.
"It's my mom's dad and she's an only child so we were around him and my grandmother a lot growing up," he said. "So it was huge for me to be able to go back there and spend some time with them. It was big for me and my wife."
Rutledge continued his support of Schaub in his passing as the family asked that memorials be sent to Schaub's Gr8 Hope Foundation, which supports children with medical needs. Schaub was thankful he was able to spend time with his grandfather earlier this summer.
"We went back in early June, it was his 90th birthday," he said. "So to be able to spend that time and share in his birthday was pretty cool."
Schaub said it has been a tough week for his family, but that getting back on the field and to normalcy was a comfort to him. But his morning came close to taking a bad turn when he was almost run over by a golf cart near the practice field when the driver didn't see him.
"Good thing I have pretty nimble feet," he said with a laugh. "I was able to side step it."