Weis' impact felt long before first team meeting
Scott Slates was, above all, a tough guy. Put it this way: He played catcher without a chest protector or a cup. And when any of his three children got scraped up, his version of Hallmark sympathy was, "It'll feel better when it stops hurting." Slates worked for the Ohio parks system, but he loved sports more than anything outside family and faith. He watched football like a warden watches a criminal in solitary, and he raised a son who played offensive line at Kentucky, and another son who played offensive line at Brown. Slates also had a daughter who was every bit as tough as her brothers. Robin Slates would marry a man named Ty Quinn, and together they would raise their only son to be the best passer in Notre Dame football history. Brady Quinn grew up knowing his gridiron-obsessed grandfather as "Pap."
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