In my research, I looked back to his younger life at the University of Colorado where he played football. I found the signs of this courage and dedication as a young man who stood by Reade that day and throughout this last year.
He saw considerable playing time as a fullback in his sophomore year, a position where he was selected as All-State in High School. With the hiring of a new coach, he was quickly viewed as a potential team leader. The offensive line desperately needed help and he was moved into center & guard during spring practice of 1963. In the fall, a shortage of offensive tackles caused another move to left tackle. Weighing a meager 208 lbs., he played against the National Champion USC and had these remarks:
“I really had no idea of what happened,” recalls Kirk, a freckle-faced mathematics major who is the son of a math professor at Colorado School of Mines, “And I’m still not sure what happened. I was in sort of a daze. But I didn’t get killed. Got knocked down a few times, though.”“All our drills stress quickness” explains Kirk, “Our coaches keep preaching that a fast small man can beat a slow big man. After a while, you begin to see their point. It takes a while, though, to get confidence in yourself against a bigger man. I had been a back all through high school and my first two years in college and I never thought there’d be a greater feeling then running for good yardage. But I found out quickly that you get just as great a feeling, maybe even greater, at moving a man out to open a hole.”(From an 1964 article by Fred Casotti University of Colorado - Sports Information Director)
So from one old college lineman to another, I salute you, Kirk Osborn. You were quite the Man!