By LARRY VAUGHT
One moment I’ll never forget is the day that Kentucky football player Jeremy Jarmon had to sit with then UK coach Rich Brooks and UK athletics director Mitch Barnhart and announced he could not play his senior year because of a failed drug test.
It was a shock because the popular, personable Jarmon, a defensive end, was one of the last players you would ever consider failing a drug test. Then we found out he had inadvertently taken a banned substance on the recommendation of a worker at nutrition store while recovering from a shoulder injury that turned up positive during a random NCAA test.
It was an over the counter supplement that anyone could buy and Jarmon did without consulting the training staff and did not know it contain a banned substance. But to his credit, he blamed no one but himself with tears streaming down his cheeks and wanted to apologize to UK fans publicly.
Now Jarmon works in the medical device industry and provides support for healthcare facilities and physicians in central Kentucky.
Thursday at 7:30 a.m. he will join Tim Estes and myself on WPBK (102.9 FM) for 30 minutes to talk about his UK career, two years with the Washington Redskins, time working at UK and more.
Jarmon was born in Fort Knox but played his high school football in Germantown, Tenn. He played no other sports in high school, but was active in theater and some of us thought he might one day be an actor or if not a politician.
He was part of some memorable games at Kentucky, including the 2006 win over Georgia that had fans storm the field at Commonwealth Stadium and the 2007 victory over eventual national champion LSU. He also played a key role in UK’s Music City Bowl win over Clemson and his final game was the Liberty Bowl in Memphis where he got to play in front of plenty of family and friends.