Emergency Room congratulations: Fan in ER spots Dabo Swinney


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Swinney tells a story at the College Football Hall of Fame Thursday

ATLANTA, GA - Sometimes it's hard to go unnoticed if you're the head coach of the hottest college football program in the country. Even if you're in an emergency room.

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney was in Atlanta Thursday night at the College Football Hall of Fame as part of the
MacArthur Trophy ceremony, and he recounted a story about a visit to an emergency room in Anderson last season when a fan, in obvious distress, recognized Swinney.

"Last year, a player had an issue, and I go to the emergency room on a Tuesday night in Anderson, S.C.," Swinney said to those in attendance, including TigerNet. "The mom of the player meets me outside the doors, opening, and closing, people in and out, it’s a madhouse. I’m trying to talk to this lady, we’re 3/4 of the way through the season, I’m trying not to make eye contact with anybody."

Swinney then heard the sounds of someone in obvious distress.

"All of a sudden, I hear this guy behind me moaning and groaning, and I’m worried something’s wrong," he said. "I turn around, and there’s this lady bringing this guy into the emergency room. As soon as I turn around, we lock eyes, and he (did a double take), ‘Coach Swinney? Hell of a year, man! Hell of a year!’"

The fan, still holding his chest, did what any crazy football fan would do.

"He reached out to high-five me and I’m like, ‘Can I help you?!’ He’s got like a collapsed lung or something," Swinney said. "That’s the game of football. I’ve seen it time and time again."

Check out TigerNet's video from the event:

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