Assuming the reports on various media outlets — including NFL.com — are true, consider these commonalities:
Both only lasted one year in the NFL — Holtz in 1976 with the New York Jets, and Petrino this year.
Both lasted exactly 13 games.
Both went 3-10 in the NFL.
Both will have gone back to college at Arkansas.
And Petrino’s one season in the NFL came 31 years after Holtz’s single-season stint on Long Island. Reverse the digits of 31 and you get 13 — the number of games each man coached in the NFL.
The only difference is that Petrino didn’t write a fight song for his pro team to the tune of “When the Caissons Go Rolling Along” like Holtz did with the Jets.
I can’t help but say that the parallels blew my mind a smidgen.
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