Tonight, during our Football In Focus Show, Dennis White and Andy Durham talked about working with Jim Modlin over the past few years. Meantime, at the JV Football game, they had a moment of silence and lowered the flags.
It was just a year or two, Jim was deathly sick and in and out of the hospital for almost two years. We thought we had lost him, more than once. But he fought back. He wasn’t going to waste away in a hospital, it wasn’t the kind of guy he was. He got better and over a year ago was back working and having lost a bit of weight was in better shape than before. It took him a few months after being released from the hospital before he was going 100%; but, he was determined to be back as strong as before.
This year, Jim was back. He was in the booth on Fridays at the Grasshopper games. He was working the phones and doing color analysis for high school basketball and football games with Andy Durham again. He had even gotten interested in the Internet to reconnect with old friends. We were working on a website for him to share much of his sports souvenirs with the rest of the world.
Then, Monday night, he had a massive heart attack. He hung on; but it wasn’t to be. Jim was the kind of guy you didn’t want to see in a hospital bed, he was bigger than that, he was stronger than that, he was better than that.