Soddy Daisy Dedicates Football Field to Long Time Manager Robert Talaska

Reported by: Caitlyn Jones

Edited by: Caitlyn Jones
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Updated: 8/29/2013 11:45 pm
        For Robert Talaska, Thursday night was just another Soddy Daisy Football game managing the field.
        He had no idea the field was about to be dedicated and named after him.
        "He has been here for every single football game, every singe baseball game, the coaches take care of him.  They come and get him.  They take him home and he belongs to this school and those boys belong to him," said Quarterback Club Vice President Dawn Thornton.
        Baseball Coach Jared Hensley says Talaska moved to Soddy Daisy from New York when he was in High School after suffering a traumatic brain injury.
        "When he was young he fell out of his apartment window.  When he got here he was told because of his previous injuries he couldn't play football so he started being the manager and the rest is history," said Hensley.
     Now, 41 years later, the school he loves so much is dedicating the football field to him.
        The scoreboard of Soddy Daisy's Football field now proudly bears Talaska's name.
        "It's been the biggest thing in my life, being the manager," Talaska said.


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