Sports

SPORTS DOCTOR-Keith O’Brien Q and A

ELLA BRADLEY

    Keith O’Brien, or better known as the Sports Doctor, is a UPS driver and has been working in the company for 32 years. He has been a part of Game Day and working for The Day for six years. He was a sideline reporter and now does the play by play with Casey O’Neill. His love of sports started when he was a kid. He loves being involved in high school athlete’s lives by giving them a moment to shine in the spotlight. One interesting fact about him is that he plays the guitar.

Q: When did you first start to become interested in sports?

     “I think when I was a kid. My dad got me involved and I became a very big Red Sox fan. It was probably the 78th play off game between the Red Sox and the Yankees and the famous Bucky Dent home run. So, I think that was my first recollection, but ever since I was a kid I’ve liked sports.”

Q: Where did the name “Sports Doctor” come from?

     “The name the Sports Doctor came from a good friend of mine, Jeff Blinderman. I knew so much about sports and I used to do a radio show in Norwich, back in 2004-2005, and I had such great knowledge about sports, he used to call me Sports Doctor.”

Q: What do you enjoy most about being a part of Game Day?

     “Being in the gym, being around the kids, and feeding off the energy. I’ve never had kids and I really don’t have a lot of time to coach, because I used to love coaching. That’s one of the things I loved the most, the kids and giving back.”

Q: What do you hope students will gain when they are being interviewed by you?

     “Communication skills. Learning how to speak into a microphone. Learning how to portray themselves and just being comfortable and enjoying the moment of being in the spotlight because that’s what it’s really about. The two minutes you talk to one of the kids, it’s a feature on them, so let them shine. Let them show their  personality.”

Q: What has Game Day taught you?

     “One of the things that Game Day has taught me, to be honest with you, that if there’s something you really want to do with your life, go out and do it. I am a UPS driver and I wanted to be a sports broadcaster and it didn’t happen until I was almost 42 years old. But, there was a lot of work and a long process to get there. So, if you wanna do something in your life, you can do it if you work hard enough.”

Q: Explain your Big Brother role.

     “Big Brothers, Big Sisters is where you fill out a questionnaire and the kid fills out a questionnaire and they match you up. I got matched up with a young boy with no father. I’ve done it for 10 years. He’s 20 now, so I’m just his friend, but we first met when he was nine. My role was to do football card collections with him, teach him how to swim, and basically just show him how to be a kid. But, I also taught him how to be a man along the way. So I would get him involved in fun things and fun projects, reading, and everything. I took on a real challenge with this kid, he was up for it, and it paid off. He’s certainly made me proud and he should be proud of himself. His upbringing was not the best in the world, so I stuck with this kid. I think we both get paid off in the end because I see how well he’s doing.”

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