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An Amazing Story about Kansas Jayhawks Football Coach David Beaty

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The man in charge of Kansas football is more than a coach.

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David Beaty is apparently known around college football as “one of the good guys” but this story will blow you away in a good way.

On Friday, the University Daily Kansan ran a story on David Beaty - about an event that happened three years ago.

One of our commenters shared this the other day, and our Twitter account commented on it as well, but it really deserves a post of its own.

It tells you a lot about who David Beaty is as a man. It also says a lot that this is the first we’re hearing of an event that happened three years ago.

The original post from Trace Cochrun Menchaca as Tweeted by her daughter, Lea:

The short version:

When Lea’s brother Max fell through a trampoline at an indoor trampoline park in Houston, Beaty dove in after him. Beaty helped him through a grand mal seizure after Max fractured his skull and suffered traumatic brain injury, and was there with the family through numerous court sessions and police meetings.

“The man in the blue shirt is our hero. He also happens to be the head football coach at Kansas. His name is David Beaty. David Beaty saved my son’s life.”

Other sources have confirmed through the Kansas football communications department that the accounts described in the post were accurate.

Beaty and Kansas Football have invited the Menchaca’s to be guests at the Oklahoma State game on October 22. What is interesting is that the family normally cheers on the Cowboys during fall Saturdays, but they say this time they’ll be wearing Jayhawk blue to support Beaty.

I’ll echo the words of our commenter who first mentioned this: “Say what you want about punting and playcalling, but I’m proud to have David Beaty leading our football team and setting an example of how to help others.”

“I believe he saved Max’s life. In court, he said he took care of Max because he knew Max was someone’s ‘family treasure.’”