Laurie Hartline, a quarterback's mom

Laurie Hartline is a college football veteran, her oldest son, Brian, was a starting receiver at Ohio State. Her younger son, Mike, was the starting quarterback at Kentucky last year for most of the season. Laurie Hartline recently went one-on-one with KSR's Larry Vaught. In the first part of a multi part series she talks about the difference in being a receiver's mom and a quarterback's mom.

Her oldest son, Brian, was a starting receiver at Ohio State. Her younger son, Mike, was the starting quarterback at Kentucky last year for most of the season.

Laurie Hartline laughs when asked how she would compare going to games to watch her sons play. I almost think it is harder being a quarterback's mother than receiver' mother or some other player's mother. It is amazing the emotions and thoughts that the quarterbacks go through that I feel many of the other players don't. Being that parent and having to lend an ear and shoulder, you hear all those things and it's hard on a mother," she said. "It is harder being the quarterback's mom. I can say that because my other son was a receiver and I experienced going to games for both of them in the same year."

So what's the difference?

"For the son playing receiver, you just want him to make a catch and get that touchdown. It's not complicated," she said. "For the son playing quarterback, you are almost there with him and trying to think and see what he does on the field and what he will or will not do. You are waiting with baited breath until the play is over that something bad doesn't happen. You can never relax."

"I just kind of die with Mike at times. I used to be very vocal. I just don't say anything now because it is too hard on me, too. It is all internal. I am still dying inside, but I try to stay quiet because I know he beats himself up when something good does not happen. That's just the kind of player he is. I feel what he does, and when he hurts, I hurt."


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