Saturday, September 10, 2011


Frank Seurer celebrates football all day and night


— Firemen work in 24-hour shifts, so when they use vacation, they need to make the most of it. Frank Seurer, former Kansas University quarterback and now the proud father of Olathe South’s junior quarterback, certainly didn’t waste any of his vacation Friday.

In the afternoon, Seurer saw the man who recruited him to Kansas, John Hadl, and sat with former teammates Sylvester Bird, Ray Evans and Brad Vignatelli at the celebration of the life of Seurer’s college coach, Don Fambrough.

At night, Seurer, president of the Olathe South booster club and Captain of Engine 92 with the Lenexa Fire Department, watched his son experience a perfect passing night for the Falcons in a 33-22 victory against visiting Lawrence High.

Frankie Seurer, who wears No. 18, not the No. 10 his father wore for Kansas, completed six of six passes for 128 yards and a touchdown for run-oriented Olathe South.

“It was a pretty emotional day all the way around,” Frankie’s dad said. “That’s what makes life fun. It wasn’t as much a mourning as it was a great get-together for Coach Fam. There were a lot of great stories and speeches that made the whole thing warm for everybody.”

The elder Seurer, who played quarterback for Fambrough in the 1980 and 1982 seasons and for Mike Gottfried in 1983, gave perfect grades to the speeches given by former Fambrough players David Jaynes and David Lawrence.

“He would have been proud of them,” Seurer said.

Many of the Fambrough qualities Jaynes and Lawrence highlighted were ones echoed by Seurer after watching his son’s team improve its record to 2-0 after starting the season with victories against both Lawrence high schools.

“Just like they were saying today, he was a player’s coach,” Seurer said. “He was a hard-headed stubborn son of a gun. At the same time, he would let the players be athletes. He’d let them play, and he knew the strengths of everybody. He knew what made them tick. If something went wrong, he’d want to know what went wrong, but he would move on. You didn’t have to worry about punitive issues with him as far as if you made a mistake. He wanted you to learn from it and move on. It just made it a lot easier to play that way.”

Supported by an offensive line that gave him ample time and a running game that forced the defense to devote much of its attention there, Frankie Seurer made playing quarterback look easy.

“I think we have one of the best lines in Kansas, and our running backs run hard and hold onto the ball,” Frankie said. “Overall, it makes for a pretty good running game.”

The younger Seurer, who said he “loves” the Jayhawks and was particularly fond of quarterback Todd Reesing’s game, has watched film of his father.

“Back then, the pass game wasn’t as good as it is now, but I thought he was pretty good, and I think I can learn a lot from him,” he said.

He’s already learned from his father to accentuate the positive. When Frankie was asked if he minded playing quarterback for a running program, he gave the right answer.

“I love it,” he said.

He’ll be rooting for his father’s alma mater to score a run-first upset against Northern Illinois today.


gardenjay 9 years ago

Dad had an arm: I thought they billed him as the 'air force'. Frank was a great quarterback, and if Frankie is anything like his Dad we can only hope we bag him for KU.

Funhawk 9 years ago

Yes, I, too, recall ticket advertising billing this as "the KU Air Force." There was a lot of buzz in the air when the three highly recruited players from southern California were landing in Lawrence.

KU79 9 years ago

I concur, garden. The day Frank had beating USC was magical. I remember him saying his dad, who had recently passed away, was on his shoulder all day helping him.

He was a very good qb, and got a shot with the Chiefs before an injury ended his hope of playing professionally.

KU79 9 years ago

I concur, garden. The day Frank had beating USC was magical. I remember him saying his dad, who had recently passed away, was on his shoulder all day helping him.

He was a very good qb, and got a shot with the Chiefs before an injury ended his hope of playing professionally.

Saguaro_Jayhawk 9 years ago

Frank played his 1st two seasons beyond Kansas with the Los Angeles Express of the old USFL. The Express also drafted Steve Young in that 1984 draft, so Frank had to play behind Young quite a bit, but he [FS] did get a lot of reps in the 1985 season -- had more passing TDs than Young that season.

number1jayhawker 9 years ago

If he wouldn't have been in that car wreck when he was a Chief, his NFL career might have been a few years longer.

utahjayhawk 9 years ago

I got an opportunity to throw the pigskin around with him one time while preparing for a flag fball tournament. Man, he threw a heavy ball and still had a great arm at that time (late 90s). Frank's a great guy, always humble and approachable, and a really good family man.

Mike Kendall 9 years ago

Nice article, Tom. I remember David Jaynes and Frank Seurer back when I lived in Lawrence---great memories! Come on Hawks---beat N. Illinois---Rock Chalk Jayhawk!

actorman 9 years ago

Yeah, that USC game was special. And Seurer was the national player of the week in SI for that game.

One of the funny things I remember from that game is when Max Faulkenstien said, "And KU calls a timeout ... no wait, it's the end of the third quarter." I thought of that comment tonight when Steve Physioc said it was the end of the first quarter after each team had gone three and out. I thought, What the hell is he talking about??? It turned out that there was 11:57 to go in the first quarter. And Physioc never said another word about what he had just said. Did anyone else notice that?

Such a sad story about Seurer's dad. His parents had moved from the L.A. area to Lawrence to be able to watch their son play, then his dad was murdered in Lawrence. Such a rare thing for Lawrence and such an incredible tragedy.

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