He approached the USC School of Dramatic Arts for a possible role and they happily welcomed him in.
Haden admitted he chose to act because it was “the most uncomfortable thing I could possibly do.
“I’ve been telling my athletes for three years: ‘Don’t just hang around with basketball players or football players or tennis players. It’s a big world, a big university. You have this one point in your life, your college years, when you can really try some different things. Get out of the gyms, the pools, the courts, and get into the general student population. You have this time. Don’t waste it.’” Haden said.
Haden’s role plays a postman in the 1956 Broadway hit, which includes a solo singing performance. Not so comforting, but he was up for the challenge.
USC AD Pat Haden is conquering his biggest fear…musical theatre. Here is a sneak peek at his performance: youtu.be/VCjMsLurlz0
“The point is, I learned about a part of the campus I wasn’t ever aware of,” Haden said. “If our football team or tennis team or any of our teams watched how hard they worked, they’d say: ‘Oh my goodness.’ And if these theater students watched our athletes prepare, I think they’d say the same thing.”