A Football Coach’s Survival and the Heroic Staff That Saved Him

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Sports Illustrated

By Richard Johnson Walt Wells recently returned to the sideline after almost dying from a heart attack in his office. He can tell the story now, thanks to those who acted so quickly to save him. The fridge in the entryway of Walt Wells’s campus office was empty. Thomas Bowling, Eastern Kentucky’s director of football operations, noticed it on his way out the door on a late August evening. At the top of Bowling’s to-do list when he arrived the next day: get his boss some Powerade. The next morning, with the Colonels’ season opener against Eastern Michigan just five days away, Bowling waited for…

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