Martz is unlikely to find a more dedicated pupil than O'Sullivan, who will turn 30 before ever getting the chance to develop the preoccupations and responsibilities of a normal late-20s life. The quarterback also seems almost phobic of the inevitable media attention from his unlikely promotion, and the former English major takes the perverse delight of a nitpicking professor in pointing out imperfections in reporters' questions.
"I've had a long time to think about how I would approach this situation," O'Sullivan said. "I just think this is the most efficient way to do it. I'm just not interested in anything that isn't directly related to my preparation and my performance. ... If someone says something good to me, it doesn't make me feel any better about myself, so why should someone saying something negative make me feel negative about myself?"