Wednesday 18 October 2017

Quirke reveals secret fear over Bolt encounter

Liam Kelly

Liam Kelly

KERRY All-Ireland winner Micheal Quirke revealed his secret fear for Usain 'Lightning' Bolt when the Kingdom players met the athletics superstar in Jamaica recently.

Bolt, whose agent signed him up for a multi-millions in endorsement deals after his triple gold medal winning show in the 2008 Olympics, tried out the skills of Gaelic football.

And as he stumbled through the unfamiliar act of soloing a football, Quirke had a nightmare vision of the great man making the wrong sort of headlines around the world.

"I was just thinking 'don't fall and break an ankle here'. It would be just all we need. The fastest man in the world breaks his ankle playing football with Kerry," laughed Quirke.

The time spent with Bolt was well worth the three and a half hour trip Kerry made to meet him.

"It was an incredible experience, actually. The guy was just so nice, so humble.

"He soloed once and didn't get it right but after that he picked it up really quickly. He caught a ball like he was Darragh O Se," said Quirke.

Kerry play UCC in the McGrath Cup final tomorrow and then face Dublin in their opening Allianz NFL game the following week.

Irish Independent

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