TASO/PERMIAN BASIN FOOTBALL OFFICIAL DIAGNOSED WITH RARE BRAIN DISORDER
For most of the last three decades, Gary Speed has been in the middle of the action on Friday and Saturday nights as an official on the football field.
He was even on the officiating crew as part of the movie “Friday Night Lights.”
These days, Speed is involved in a battle far away from the lights.
The 56‑year old was diagnosed in May with Creutzfeldt‑Jakob Disease, a rare, incurable degenerative brain disorder.
It was a shock to his family and friends throughout the Permian Basin, many who know Speed through his work as an official.