The Times West Virginian

Bob Herzel

January 24, 2014

HERTZEL COLUMN: Eger donates his long blond hair to charity

MORGANTOWN — It had been a difficult senior season for Pat Eger, the West Virginia University offensive guard/center, a losing season in which everyone had a hand.

He had changed positions out of necessity, from guard to center, and had to go through the first part of a learning curve when he should have been going through the last part of it.

What’s more, the Mountaineers finished at 4-8 and without a bowl game, a disappointing end for all of WVU’s seniors.

Despite the turmoil and heartbreak that the year brought Eger, he had a post-season surprise for someone by donating his long blond locks to charity.

The story of the donation begins back in September 2010, when Eger and fellow offensive lineman Josh Jenkins were walking around campus after class to get a haircut.

“But then things changed,” Eger said. “We agreed to grow our hair out, and the first person who got their hair cut had to buy the other dinner.

“Josh lost, and he bought me dinner. But then, I just kept growing it out. I loved it. After a while, I thought what better way to cap off my community service and everything I’ve done here in Morgantown than to give back? With this, I’m able to give it to someone who needs it.”

Why wouldn’t Eger like it?

“It was just something that I wanted to do, so I grew it out,” Eger explained. “People knew me by the kid with the long, blond hair.”

Eger donated 10 inches of his strawberry blond hair to the Pantene Beautiful Lengths. The charity campaign permits individuals to donate hair for women and children who have lost theirs due to cancer treatment. In order to donate, you must have a minimum of eight inches of hair.

“The organization donates 100 percent of their wigs to children and women with cancer and in need,” Eger said. “I thought Pantene was a good fit for me because it was more straight charity. I just like giving back.”

How refreshing is it, in this day and age of greed, to see an athlete giving rather than receiving.

This is not to say athletes do no work for charity, but the players on the professional level are being paid so much, and all you read about is their discontent, be it with their team, their city, their salary.

But here’s a college kid, just starting out in life, maybe in the NFL, but one can’t really project that off his senior season at WVU.

Eger, however, is a kid who you don’t give up on because of his attitude. If anyone who is borderline can, he can produce an NFL player in the short time left before the draft, just as he made the switch to center.

“It’s in my blood and in my nature. My mom always taught me that sometimes it’s better to give than receive,” said Eger. “That’s how I was raised.”

Eger’s gesture is a nice follow-up to the assistance the West Virginia baseball team gave last year after the tornado outbreak before the Big 12 Conference Tournament, which was the gold standard in the industry.

You have to think of the victims when it comes to helping people. Certainly the idea of cancer striking a child or a woman losing her hair from chemotherapy is a horrible thought.

Follow Bob Hertzel on Twitter @bhertzel.

1
Text Only
Bob Herzel
  • HERTZEL COLUMN- Summer, Alabama will be used to get WVU’s mind right

    The ink had barely dried on the final reports out of West Virginia’s spring practice when thoughts turned forward toward the lazy, hazy days of late summer, days that will bring us into football season with a game that can either change the entire image of WVU football or sour it even further.

    April 21, 2014

  • HERTZEL COLUMN: Watson tees off a new century at The Greenbrier

    You knew this was going to be one of those unpredictable, memorable days when you drove into the Greenbrier Resort and headed to the Old White Golf Course and found the best parking place in the joint.
    As Bob Uecker would say, right there in the front rooooow.

    April 20, 2014

  • HERTZEL COLUMN: Under pressure, NCAA decides to change rules

    At first glance, it appears that they do not go hand-in-hand, a pair of rules changes the NCAA’s Legislative Council approved this week, sending them off for what seems to be smooth sailing toward becoming rules.

    April 18, 2014

  • HERTZEL COLUMN: WVU gymnast hopes to stick her final landing

    The reaction, one suspects, was the same as most people who see either a picture of West Virginia University gymnast Hope Sloanhoffer or meet her for the first time in person — a quick double take, maybe even stumbling over the first few words of an introduction.

    April 17, 2014

  • Bussie looks forward to WNBA

    On Tuesday, the weather turned cold, the wind blew and amongst the raindrops that fell a few snowflakes fluttered quietly to Earth.
    It was as if it was a celebration of Asya Bussie being drafted on Monday night by the Minnesota Lynx, champions of the WNBA, with the third selection of the second round, the 15th overall pick of the draft.

    April 16, 2014

  • HERTZEL COLUMN: Jackie Robinson’s impact extends beyond baseball

    It is Jackie Robinson Day as I sit here writing this today, and I feel as though I am doing it in a world gone mad.
    Every player in Major League Baseball wore No. 42 on Tuesday in honor of Jackie Robinson, the man who took racism’s best shot and integrated the game that was known then as the National Pastime even though it was as white a Ku Klux Klan robe.

    April 16, 2014

  • Gyorko, Padres agree to extension

    Jedd Gyorko, who hasn’t hit much of anything with a .178 start on this season, hit the jackpot on Monday, signing a six-year contract extension with the San Diego Padres for $35 million with a one-year club option at $13 million.

    April 15, 2014

  • HERTZEL COLUMN- Spring game showed defense has improved

    From Dana Holgorsen’s viewpoint, which was standing right behind the offense, West Virginia’s Gold-Blue Spring Game on Saturday was a rousing success for it showed very little of what the Mountaineers will be in this coming season, probably not even showcasing the man who will direct the offense in the quarterback position.

    April 15, 2014

  • WVU signs guard; Adrian arrested for DUI

    There was something good and something bad for West Virginia men’s basketball coach Bob Huggins this past weekend as Kansas junior college player Tarik Phillip committed to play for the Mountaineers but rising sophomore Nathan Adrian was charged with Under 21 DUI after he was stopped at 1:20 a.m. Sunday for an expired registration sticker.

    April 15, 2014

  • HERTZEL COLUMN- Garrison still proving he can carry the ball

    The running back raves from the West Virginia coaching this spring have been directly mostly toward Wendell Smallwood, and rest assured he earned every one of them with his versatility, but it was a reborn running back who well may have taken the biggest jump up the depth chart.

    April 14, 2014

House Ads
Featured Ads