Todd the Businessman is sitting in Austin-Bergstrom International Airport waiting for his noon-flight to take off. First, he’s heading to Des Moines, then a connecting flight to St. Louis for his work. Todd the Businessman is an associate for the Austin-based financial group Dimensional Fund Advisors. The date is December 10, 2013.
Five years and 11 days earlier, Todd taking care of a different type of business and taking a different type of flight.
He was Todd the quarterback. Todd the Savior. Todd Reesing.
In the midst of a shootout with fellow Texas gunslinger Chase Daniels, Reesing and the Jayhawks trailed the Missouri Tigers 33-37 facing a 4th and 7 at the Mizzou 26 with just 33 seconds left.
The rest is ingrained in Kansas football history.
It is Reesing’s favorite play during his time playing quarterback for the University of Kansas. His redshirt was pulled nine games into the 2006 season in a comeback victory against Colorado. He never gave up the reins from that moment on.
But to Reesing, that play would stick with him forever.
Records still stand today from Reesing’s lengthy career under center for KU. He finished the following season and graduated with his business degree. Jayhawk fans went on to view a continuingly poor stretch of football. Reesing turned into Todd the Businessman.
It is a role that he says he is very comfortable in. He is back in his hometown of Austin, where he attended high school at Lake Travis. He resides in the state that is the most captivated by football at every possible level. And of course, he works for David Booth – a Lawrence, Kan. native and KU donor who contributed $9 million to build the Booth Family Hall of Athletics attached to historic Allen Fieldhouse.
Literally and figuratively, Reesing has returned to a place not far from home. He’s surrounded by things that are familiar to his stint of stardom at Kansas. He takes great pride and humility in his time on the field – thankful for the opportunity given to a quarterback who can’t measure up to six feet.
But for now he’s Todd the Businessman. And while the love and appreciation for football is there, today it can take a backseat.
For now, Todd Reesing just wants to take care of business.