LISTEN: Bill Cody on Sports Drive
MOBILE, AL (WNSP) —”Wild Bill” was in the house.
Rather, he was on the phone.
On Tuesday, Auburn and New Orleans Saints legend Bill Cody spoke with Randy and Creg on the Afternoon Sports Drive. They discussed how the Orlando native ended up in Auburn, parties in New Orleans and concussions.
Cody said it was his father’s connections with the school that brought him to the Plains.
“I got a phone call from a fella named Teedy Faulk, who had played at Auburn and lived in Orlando,” Cody said. “He had called Coach Jordan in Auburn and told Coach Jordan ‘come on down’ and check me out. Well, one thing led to another.”
Cody said his high school coach wasn’t happy with his decision.
“My high school coach was a University of Florida football player,” he said. “He took me to Florida two or three times. Well, he was very disappointed when I decided that I’d go to Auburn.”
Cody said that during his time in New Orleans, he wasn’t sure if the fans “remembered the end of the game.” Randy asked if he was responsible for some of the celebration.
“You know, one time I did get myself a little out of hand,” Cody said. “That’s probably what you’re referring to. Yes, I got locked up (by) New Orleans’ Finest. They don’t take anything off anybody–they don’t care who you are.
“We had beaten the Washington Redskins. My mother and father–my father was at the Pentagon–and so they came to the game up in Washington. We won the game, and it was the last game of the year.
“We were traveling back, late at night to New Orleans. We got back after midnight, and you know, there’s nobody in the French Quarter, so we all went down… to Al Hirt’s club… He entertained us.
“Then, I made the mistake with another one of my teammates going… into a nightclub at two in the morning on Bourbon Street. One thing led to another, and we got into a little tussle with the bouncer, and sure enough, here comes New Orleans’ Finest. They locked us up.
Cody said the next day, the Washington, D.C. newspaper had an article about the incident.
Randy turned the conversation toward concussions, asking how it has impacted Cody’s post-playing career.
“This came about about four or five years ago, as far as me personally,” the Fairhope resident said. “I started developing a lot of habits like forgetfulness. I’d go out in my car–I’ve lived here ten years–I’d go out in my car and all of a sudden, I don’t know where I am. I just call my wife, who works for Thomas Hospital, and she’d tell me how to get home.
“That’s a very uncomfortable feeling when you don’t know where you’re going, and you don’t know how you got there.”
Cody said the NFL is paying for his treatment.
“You know, that’s all great,” he said. “I wish they didn’t have that problem, and I wish I didn’t have that problem. I don’t know what’s going to happen.”
Listen to the full interview below.
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