Ralph Friedgen spoke to four reporters about the worst job of his life. Don’t worry, fans, it has not been his time at Maryland. And it has nothing to do with Georgia Tech, or the San Diego Chargers. This one didn’t involve football, although it sounded a bit harder than two-a-days. I think it was Friedgen’s cousin, John, who recommended they work together 40 years ago on the roof of a building. Here was Friedgen’s recollection:
“He tells me he has this great summer job. This building was like three miles long. My job was to chip all the tar off the roof. It pays 10 bucks an hour. Forty years ago, 10 bucks an hour was a lot of money. We’re going to be done by 2 o’clock in the afternoon, so we can go work out, we can go party. Great job and we can make a lot of money. So I get up there, it’s like 5:30 in the morning.
“John goes up there, and he is putting up gutters. I am with the goon squad. I’ve got to chip away this stuff. Typical me, you know, if I am going to do a job, I’m going to do it right. So I go in there, bang, I’m hitting that thing. The other guys are looking at me like I am out of my mind.
“Well, about 6:30, that sun rolled up. At 10 o’clock, I’m done! And then I had to carry this hot [thing] and it would get on my pants, and it would go right through to my skin. Then they wanted me to walk with this hot pitch across the building, from one building to another, like 60 feet down. I said, ‘No way, I’m through with that.’
“It was the worst job of my life! I said, ‘If I got to do this, there is no way I’m not going to get a degree.’ I think every kid should have that experience in life.”
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