FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Without a doubt, the biggest influence on first-year Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino was his father, Bob Petrino, Sr.
The younger Petrino played quarterback for his dad at Carroll College, an NAIA school in Helena, Mont. A few years later, Petrino returned to Montana and worked under his dad as the offensive coordinator on the Carroll College staff. For all his genuis as a play-caller and offensive mastermind, Petrino said the most important quality he inherited from his father was a rigid work ethic at a young age.
“When I was a young kid, 14 years old, he came to me one spring and said, “You’re not playing baseball this year,’ ” Petrino recounted. “I said, ‘Really, I’m not?’ He said, ‘No, you’re going to work tomorrow at A&W. I got you a job at 10 o’clock. You be there.’ So I started flipping burgers. Every spring and summer from there on, I worked. I had jobs where I worked for the city, drove a produce truck, ran the dock at Clover Leaf Dairy and drove a milk truck. I was a milk man for a summer. This was from 14 all the way through college. It was hard work. But you know what? I enjoyed every job that I had and thought it was a great deal. I enjoyed it, had fun with it and liked working with different guys.” [read more]