What could be more satisfying for a father than this?
Former UCLA quarterback and head coach Rick Neuheisel has been broadcasting with Pac-12 Networks ever since being fired by UCLA late in the 2011 season. Before he left UCLA, he recruited his son, Jerry, to come play quarterback for the Bruins, just like pops. Never could the two have imagined what Jerry would one day do.
After Bruins star quarterback Brett Hundley hyper-extended his left elbow early in Saturday’s game against Texas at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, UCLA turned to Jerry, who is the team’s backup QB.
Though Jerry, a redshirt sophomore, looked completely overmatched at first, he threw a touchdown pass on the Bruins’ opening possession of the second half and a beautiful 33-yard TD pass with three minutes left in the game to give UCLA a 20-17 lead and the win.
Jerry had only thrown 13 career passes prior to Saturday’s game, yet he hung tough and led the Bruins to victory to keep them undefeated at 3-0.
It was an incredible game, great win for Jerry, and his dad got to watch it all from the Pac-12 Networks offices.
UCLA backup QB Jerry Neuheisel: "As my dad used say, 'It’s a great day to be alive and be a Bruin.' Can’t mean it more than I do today."
— Jack Wang (@thejackwang) September 14, 2014
If you haven’t seen this video of Rick interviewing Jerry, you must. The two are clones. And you’ll know why we call Jerry “Little Ricky.”