Texas fans cheer during a timeout against West Virginia at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium Nov. 12, 2016 in Austin Texas. West Virginia won the game 24-20. (Photo by James Gregg/American-Statesman.)

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Tim Cole’s father doing well; LB thanks Longhorns fans for well-wishes

Cole: “I just want to thank everyone from the Longhorns fans, to the coaches and the whole staff for their thoughts and prayers”

Posted November 15th, 2016

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Texas linebacker Tim Cole said his father is still recuperating after suffering a heart attack hours before last Saturday’s game but he’s progressing “quicker than usual, so it’s a blessing.”

Cole learned that his father collapsed outside the north end zone of Royal-Memorial Stadium while the team was en route for the game. Emergency personnel was notified just after 8:30 a.m. that a 60-year-old man had gone into cardiac arrest.

“I just want to thank everyone from the Longhorns fans, to the coaches and the whole staff for their thoughts and prayers,” Cole said after Tuesday’s practice. “It’s really been helpful for my family. My pops is doing really well right now, so we really appreciate all the love and support.”

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Cole said UT coaches notified him of the incident right after the team got off the bus. He talked to paramedics and his mother. “They said he was stable,” Cole said.

As for playing against West Virginia, Cole said, “I knew it was what my dad would want me to do, so I decided to go ahead and play.”

After the Longhorns came onto the field, multiple players went up to Cole and offered hugs, high-fives and words of encouragement.

“It’s just love, man, and let’s you know how your teammates think of you,” Cole said. “It was like my brothers. Them coming up me let me know they have my back, that was tremendous. I can’t thank them enough.”

Contact Brian Davis at 512-445-3957. Email bdavis@statesman.com.

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