Pat Burns, RIP: Inscribe

November 19th, 2010 by Leslie Monteiro Leave a reply »
Pat Burns fought cancer as best as he could, but in the end, cancer beat him. He passed away today at the age of 58.

It's hard to say what hurt the heart more. His death or the day he was diagnosed with cancer in 2004. Either way, it's depressing.

He died at the prime of his career. He could have been effective as a coach for many more years. He would have coached until he was 70 years old. In fact, he wanted to coach, but teams did not want to hire him because of his health issues.

His hockey career died the day he was diagnosed with cancer.

By then, he knew it wasn't long until he died. He needed to coach hockey to enjoy life. He was born to do that, and once that was taken away from him, it must have been hard to enjoy the rest of his life. He was not known to have other hobbies outside of motorcycling.

There is a good reason that Joe Paterno wants to coach Penn State until he dies: Football is his life. He likes the camaraderie and the teaching that come with it. He's not used to doing other things, and he is not interested in anything else.

That was the case with Burns.

If Burns did not have ca ...

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