Iowa State defensive line coach Eli Rasheed was back at work just three days after the death of his son, Osha Southward.
And on Tuesday, Rasheed shared his struggles with the football team, speaking with the players about staying strong through his faith and family, according to The Des Moines Register.
“At the same time, death is going to happen — we’re on borrowed time; the world continues on, so you’ve got to get up and go to work the next day,” Rasheed said. “So I talked to them about that — and it was a good talk; they enjoyed it.”
Southward, 21, was killed July 27 when the motorcycle he was driving collided with two cars around 9 p.m. in Toledo, Ohio. Rasheed said his son had bought the motorcycle earlier that day, according to the Register.
Rasheed worked with Iowa State coach Matt Campbell at Toledo before Campbell was hired by the Cyclones in 2016.
“That speaks volumes to the kind of man that he is,” Campbell told the Register on the first day of Iowa State’s fall camp. “He didn’t have to be here, yet there he was — out there on the practice field, putting his guys through drills, just like usual.”
Rasheed and Campbell were in Toledo late last week for Southward’s funeral, according to the Register.