|1970 Elder Football Team|
|Pat Kief @ Elder|
|Offer From Notre Dame|
Pat didn't celebrate by staying in Florida after the Tangerine Bowl victory and going to Disney. Sportswriter, David Fuselier said it best in an article about #61.
“Kief figures if you’re going to be an offensive lineman, the only way you’re going to get a fan is to marry one.”That is exactly what Pat did. He married Chris Sohmer, Derek’s grandmother on January 4th, 1974.
|Pat Kief @ Miami University|
“There is nothing I do that anyone cares about, except my team. I guess that’s what counts. I just try to do my best, do my assignments.”Someone else did care, Pat was named All-MAC First Team. That in addition to receiving a team award for Best Offensive Lineman, it was icing on the one-year anniversary wedding cake.
|Pat's Cowboys Contract|
When one thing ends, another begins. The path from those new beginnings have led to a road that Derek is now sprinting down. With every long stride he takes, he is continuing the legacy of Kief.
Today I asked Pat, "If there was only one piece of advice that you could give Derek, what would it be?" In his classic short and sweet form, Pat replied,
"Always give it 100%. Don't hold back. This applies to anything, football and life."Amen.
Other notable Miami University football facts:
- From 1972-1974 combined they went 28-3-1, best combined 3 years in the history of the program
- 1973-1974 combined they went 21-0-1, being the best combined 2 years in the history of the program
- Counting the final game of 1972 which was a win and the first game of 1975 which was a win, they went undefeated for 24 games straight
- They have only played in 10 bowl games, winning 7
- They have been Conference Champions 22 times
- They have only been nationally ranked a few times
- They have never been ranked higher than 10th and only 1 other time since 1974 were they ranked 10th
- Although, not as impressive as 1973 or 1974, 2003 was pretty good. Ben Roethlisberger led the 10th ranked team to a 13-1-0 season, Conference Champions and GMAC Bowl win.