QB's mom has to accept criticism - Pt 2

Even if she tried to claim she didn't hear what fans were saying about her son, Laurie Hartline knows no one would believe her because the applause — or groans — can sometimes be deafening at Commonwealth Stadium.

Even if she tried to claim she didn't hear what fans were saying about her son, Laurie Hartline knows no one would believe her because the applause — or groans — can sometimes be deafening at Commonwealth Stadium.

"It's not hard to hear the fans all . Sometimes I will be polite and say something to someone like, ‘Excuse me. You are speaking about my.' But I won't say any more than that. You have to take it and accept it. That is part of the game. You can't win them all over," she said.

Her son, Mike, led Kentucky to victory in the Liberty Bowl last year and she's hoping he can win many more games this year since he goes into the season as UK's No. 1 quarterback. But Laurie Hartline knows the critics will always be there. "It is more that way in college. In high school, it was a smaller community and you were just always around as the boys progressed through the ages and did better and better," she said. "You are just around the crowd where things are good. "In high school I learned to watch what I would say and how to accept it if somebody did say something bad about one of my boys. I will be Mike's or Brian's harshest critic, too. Plenty of times I will be a harsh critic. I won't sugar-coat anything for them just because they are my boys.

"Michael has grown up with me and football. People at work talk about football and just look at me. I know the ins and outs. They think they are talking to another guy. I know all about it and what it takes to win games."

She also knows about commitment. Her oldest son, Brian, was a senior at Ohio State last year when Mike was in his first season as UK's starter. "It was a hard year trying to make all their home games or games close by. We were pulling some double duty," she said. "My commitment to my children is to be there. When you do that, they know you care. Not in antics or action, but you see them turn to the stands to look for us. They look to see we are there and we wanted to be there for them."


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