Here’s what the lovable college football personality does before GameDay each week.
Memorization is helping Lee Corso maintain a part of ESPN’s College GameDay in his third decade on the show.
A Washington Post profile on the 82-year-old college football personality revealed that Corso memorizes a script for the show each week.
The memorizing of the script helps him remember his talking points for various topics. Corso suffered a stroke eight years ago and he’s still feeling ramifications of that.
The script, which Corso had been working on since Monday, was almost exactly what he planned to say on Saturday’s broadcast, and he’d been learning his lines all week. It’s a necessity nowadays, eight years after he suffered a major stroke that makes it difficult for him to talk — sometimes his speech is slightly slurred and he mispronounces words. He may hesitate or stutter at the start of a sentence, and he can’t ad-lib on air like he used to. But he can memorize a script, and that helps Corso, 82, stay on track.
Corso isn’t as involved in the show’s broadcast as he previously was, but that’s expected.
Thankfully, he’s still able to do it every week, and his mascot-head pick remains the staple of the show.
Corso is glad he’s able to still do it.
“It hurts me not to be able to communicate like I used to,” Corso said quietly Friday morning. “I used to be pretty good at coming back, you know, quick one-liners. I don’t have spontaneity, I can’t do that as much now. … Every single week, I memorize the show, so that when I get on, I can actually do it. It gets frustrating, because I want to be able to be like I was. But the doctor told me about two or three weeks after, he told me, ‘Lee, you’ll never be the same. You might as well adjust to how you’re going to be.’ I haven’t. But I was determined to get back on television. I wanted to get back.”
You can read the Post’s full profile here.