'Dr. Oz' remembers Blue-Gold 35 years later
The DFRC Blue-Gold All-Star Football game will celebrate its 58th year when it kicks off Saturday at 7pm at Delaware Stadium.
One player in the game 35 years ago was Tower Hill alum Dr. Mehmet Oz, the host of "The Dr. Oz Show", who remembers meeting his hand-in-hand buddy John, who had a developmental disability.
"When I actually began to try to connect to him on what I thought was a very simple level, it became a challenge because he always ended up running into problems understanding what I wanted to do. And initially it was very frustrating to me."
"When I tried to tell John what to do, hold the sprinkler, we're going to cut the hedges, things that people do together. I couldn't just tell him what to do because he had to understand it on an emotional level just like all of us. Once I connected emotionally to him, we became very close."
Dr. Oz, says he didn't end his friendship with John after the future television star went off to play football and water polo at Harvard.
"I reconnected with him recently after several years. I wanted to see what happened, and he hadn't changed at all."
Other alums of the game include Super Bowl MVP Randy White, and Congressman John Carney, who's son Sam is playing in this year's game.
Tickets to Saturday night's game will be available at the Delaware Stadium gates.
AUDIO: Peter MacArthur's full conversation with "Dr. Oz"
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