Kingsbury 'starstruck' by Tyson in viral Preakness photo
MAY 20, 2014 8:48p ET
ARLINGTON, Texas - Tuesday night was Texas Tech night for the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park, and in attendance was none other than Red Raiders head coach Kliff Kingsbury fresh off his appearance at the Preakness over the weekend.
Kingsbury was in Baltimore Saturday for the horse race watching California Chrome take home the win in pursuit of the Triple Crown, but the most eventful part of the day was his epic, now-viral photo of himself with retired professional boxer Mike Tyson and Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.
"I don't really know how it all came about," Kingsbury said when asked about the photo. "I was just at the Under Armour event and obviously I know Tom from playing with him with the Patriots and somebody got enough courage to go ask Mike if he would get in the picture and he obliged."
Growing up during the prime of Tyson's career, Kingsbury admitted that he was more than excited to meet the former boxing great.
"I don't get starstruck very often, but that was a big one," Kingsbury said. "He was the guy, Mike Tyson Punchout, all that, he was the man. So that was a big deal."
Even though the Texas Tech coach was starstruck, Kingsbury said Tyson was probably more fired up than himself.
"The funny part is that he tweeted it out, which was classic," Kingsbury said. "We didn't know if he would be excited to be in the picture, but he went right in and he was all fired up."
Perhaps growing weary of being in the limelight, Kingsbury said he passed on the opportunity to throw out the first pitch Tuesday night prior to the Rangers matchup against Seattle.
"I'm retired," Kingsbury said with a grin. "I did all of those first pitches last year at Tech and did all of that, so I told them I'm retired."
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