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Stroke can’t keep ESPN commentator Lee Corso down

by Mel Bracht Published: October 16, 2009
ESPN commentator Lee Corso is looking forward to sampling some food items when ESPN’s "College GameDay” broadcasts Saturday from the Texas State Fair to preview the OU-Texas game.

"Coney dogs and cotton candy, that’s the good life,” Corso said.

Fortunately for Corso, 73, who has been with "College GameDay” since its 1987 debut, he hasn’t had to alter his diet while rehabilitating from a stroke May 16.

"I feel great,” he said. "I run all the time. I weightlift all the time. I haven’t had a single thing wrong with me except my brain.”

He said the "brain problem,” suffered while at his central Florida home, was a surprise.

"I got up in the morning and I went to get a newspaper,” Corso said. "I walked back in kind of wobbly. And I sat down and I couldn’t talk — a bunch of gibberish coming out.”

After three days in intensive care and another week in the hospital, Corso was released to begin occupational, physical and speech therapy. Corso, who also has had difficulty with his right hand, was able to return to the air Sept. 5 for ESPN’s "College GameDay” season debut from Atlanta.

Known for his "not so fast my friend!” line in sparring with fellow analyst Kirk Herbstreit, Corso now talks slower and has trouble speaking off the top of his head. During last Saturday’s show at Baton Rouge, La., he read some of his comments from note cards.

"I have a hard time as being as spontaneous as I’d like to be, but besides that, I’m having a good time.

by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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