Tennessee football coach Jeremy Pruitt explains famous asparagus gaffe

First-time college football head coach Jeremy Pruitt surely hopes to make a name for himself in his inaugural season with the Tennessee Volunteers.

Or, perhaps, he’d just like to be known for something other than the guy who doesn’t know what asparagus is.

Long before he took over the Vols’ struggling football program, Pruitt was the defensive coordinator at an Alabama high school that was featured in 2006 on MTV’s short-lived series Two-A-Days – a reality show that captured the lives of the football team. In a famous clip, Pruitt was eating at a restaurant, and he responded to a plate of asparagus by saying, “I ain’t never heard of that.”

In a feature for The Athletic about his reality TV days, Pruitt tries to explain what exactly happened in that viral video:

“Nah, I knew what asparagus was,” Jeremy Pruitt said. “Just when they brought it out, it just didn’t register.”

His dad, Dale Pruitt, also told The Athletic Jeremy knew what asparagus was back then and recalled he told someone at the time that his son has “probably got asparagus in the refrigerator”. His brother, Luke Pruitt, also added:

“Now, every time he grills, he usually has some and he’s grilling with it.”

It’s hard to believe someone who knows what asparagus is wouldn’t recognize it in the flesh – it’s not like it’s easily confused with broccoli or spinach – but we’ve all had moments where our brains temporarily stop working.

Pruitt just had his moment on national television.

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