Former Astros manager Larry Dierker recalls seizure in wake of Kubiak collapse

When Texans coach Gary Kubiak collapsed last night, former Astros manager Larry Dierker flashed back on his own episode during a game 14 years ago
November 4, 2013 3:35:41 PM PST
A day after coach Gary Kubiak collapsed on the field during Sunday night's Texans game against the Colts, we're hearing from a former Astros manager who knows more than most how the pressures of the job can take a toll on your health. Larry Dierker had an eerily similar incident happen during an Astros game in the late 90's.

Dierker was watching the Texans game Sunday night as Kubiak collapsed. Dierker says it took him back to his own episode during a game here in 1999.

They were unforgettable looks of disbelief. Dierker suffered a Grand Mal seizure during a game in the Astrodome on June 13, 1999. Watching Kubiak's collapse Sunday night, Dierker says took him back.

"Immediately, I thought well this musta been what it looked like when I went down," Dierker said.

Dierker was rendered unconscious by the seizure. He doesn't remember it but says he's told the crowd, much like Sunday night at Reliant Stadium, stood shocked.

"It was certainly a poignant moment for me, watching the game and then seeing him taking off in an ambulance," he said.

Dierker was out for a month after having brain surgery. He hopes Kubiak's ailment is much less serious.

Dierker understands the pressures of being at the helm of a professional sports franchise, especially when they're not winning. Still, he concludes there's little doubt that Kubiak's priorities will change as a result of this health scare.

"It's not just in sports. I think in any walk of life, you may see people that are really driven by their career, and something like this happens and it puts things in perspective," Dierker said.

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