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November 10, 2013

Pops update — Where is Tim Frisby today?

It’s been eight years since Tim Frisby was the most famous member of South Carolina’s football team, but he still is recognized “constantly” by Gamecocks fans, Frisby told The State last week.

Frisby, who earned national acclaim and the nickname “Pops” as a 40-year-old Gulf War veteran who walked onto the football team in 2004 and 2005, lives in Columbia, where he is a personal trainer at Gold’s Gym in Forest Acres.

“I love our fans and enjoy engaging in conversation whether it be face-to-face or on social media,” Frisby told The State by email. “They enjoy the input from someone who has been there and experienced the thrills of playing in the SEC. I truly enjoy their passion and observations they have for our current teams. However, fan’s No. 1 question is: When is the movie coming out?”

Frisby briefly explored making his story into a movie after leaving the team in 2005. For a while, he gained the status of a movie star, appearing on “The Late Show” with David Letterman and “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno.

On Veteran’s Day, Frisby thinks back to his days in the Army.

“Veteran’s Day means selfless sacrifice, commitment and honor,” he said. “These young men and women soldiers are willing to give the ultimate sacrifice to allow America to be the greatest country on Earth. It was an honor and a privilege to be able to serve my country. This is a day to salute those currently on their watch who vigilantly stand guard for us all.”

Josh Kendall

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