August 23, 2007

BullsEYE View: Growing up Grothe

Matt Grothe Sr. first knew something was up when his cell phone started ringing and the incoming numbers weren't familiar. These days, as he makes his way around Polk County on daily stops for his construction company, there will come the random call.

"Is this Matt Grothe?" the caller on the other end typically asks.

"This is Matt, but who are you looking for?" Grothe answers.

Caller: "The quarterback at USF."

Grothe: "This is his dad."

Caller: "Well, tell him great job!"

It has become the price of fame for the Grothes . . . and the price of driving a truck emblazoned with "Grothe Construction" and a phone number that looks like an invitation to mostly well-meaning Bulls fans.

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