A Timeout Retirement Announcement Head coach Denny Douds retired from coaching East Stroudsburg University's football team after more than 40 years. He called an illegal fourth timeout, told his team and walked off the field.
NPR logo

A Timeout Retirement Announcement

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/663339421/663339422" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
A Timeout Retirement Announcement

A Timeout Retirement Announcement

A Timeout Retirement Announcement

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/663339421/663339422" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Head coach Denny Douds retired from coaching East Stroudsburg University's football team after more than 40 years. He called an illegal fourth timeout, told his team and walked off the field.

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Rachel Martin. Seventy-seven-year-old Denny Douds was the head football coach for East Stroudsburg University for 45 seasons until Saturday, when he called an illegal fourth timeout with just seconds remaining in the game.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)

UNIDENTIFIED PERSON #1: Four seconds left.

UNIDENTIFIED PERSON #2: Yeah, I don't know why they stopped the clock.

UNIDENTIFIED PERSON #1: I'm not sure why they stopped the clock, either.

MARTIN: Douds told a local TV station he huddled with his players, told them he was retiring, then just walked off the field. He told his wife he wanted to go out in style. Quote, "I tipped my hat, walked to the car and smiled all the way home."

Copyright © 2018 NPR. All rights reserved. Visit our website terms of use and permissions pages at www.npr.org for further information.

NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by Verb8tm, Inc., an NPR contractor, and produced using a proprietary transcription process developed with NPR. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Accuracy and availability may vary. The authoritative record of NPR’s programming is the audio record.