posted on Oct, 1 2004 @ 10:00 PM
South Carolina's oldest player represents on Letterman
OLUMBIA, S.C. -- Sounds like David Letterman is as big a "Pops" fan as most everyone else.
The media blitz of 39-year-old South Carolina football freshman, Tim Frisby, hit Broadway on Thursday as the Gamecocks wide receiver appeared on the
Late Show with David Letterman.
The show was broadcast Thursday night.
"It was a great experience," Frisby said. "This is unreal what's happening."
Frisby, recently retired from the U.S. Army after 20 years, was invited to Letterman's show at the Ed Sullivan Theatre after he made his college
football debut with the Gamecocks last week.
Frisby was in for the final four plays as South Carolina held off Troy 17-7 this past Saturday night. He had been cleared to play by the NCAA a week
Flashbulbs popped as Frisby, wearing a garnet sweater, arrived at the Manhattan theater, he said. But they weren't for South Carolina's newest
football celebrity -- he walked into the studio alongside John Travolta, another guest on the late night program.
"That kind of took the edge off a little," Frisby said. "Because I knew the papparazzi weren't there for me."
After Travolta's segment, Letterman said, "at the age of 39, our next guest not only went back to college at the University of South Carolina, he also
signed up for the football team, please welcome Tim Frisby, ladies and gentlemen."
Frisby then shared his story with one of TV's most famous late-night hosts -- how Frisby was one of 60 walk-ons to try for the team, how he worked out
with the Gamecocks throughout the year, and how he was among 12 selected to remain.
"It's 'Pops' everybody," Letterman said of Frisby's team nickname.
Frisby told Letterman when South Carolina coach Lou Holtz first realized the receiver's age, the coach called down to the trainer, "Do you know we
have a 39-year-old who made the team?"