It’s a great story. Love Sean and loved when he spoke to us at Newhouse in mid 1990s. He humored me when I asked him 5 questions about the Red Sox when my classmates wanted to speak about broadcast journalism.
but I am left wondering, “was will McDonough that broke in the mid 1980s?” He was the lead columnist for the Boston globe, on NBC, etc and friends w Whitey Bulger. ESPN just did a big story on Seans brother and it’s a great read on how he recovered from alcoholism and killing a classmate in an OUI
I did too. It’s worth seeing Sean’s entire eulogy. Quite moving. I didn’t know of Sean’s circumstances until Coach Mac’s service.
I worked a few soccer games in ‘81 operating the substitution horn in the Dome. Sean was the PA announcer, sitting 2 seats over. I had the fortune of chatting with him at the 2012 Basket Ball in which he was the MC.
If the mom was a mess, another son in legal need etc dad’s income may have prevented Sean from getting financial aid but circumstances and immediate family priorities may have made his dad’s income inadequate to cover expenses at the time.