This week has been a difficult week for many families, athletes and sports fans.
NFL Films founder Ed Sabol died at his home in Arizona at the age of 98. A life well lived, he won 52 Emmy Awards during his time at NFL Films and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2011. Thank you Buckeye for your contributions to the sport I love the most! (Yes he went to The Ohio State University… google him Fans)
The towel. The Shark. Coach Jerry Tarkanian, UNLV icon, died at the age of 84. “Tark the Shark” coached many players but his time at UNLV was dominant. He took the Runnin’ Rebels to four Final Fours and won a national championship in 1990. Jerry even beat the NCAA. Coach Tarkanian won a $2.5 million settlement after suing the organization for trying to run him out of college basketball. Let’s just say we will never forget him and his legacy will live on!
Do I really have to share who this is? Coach Dean Smith died at the age of 83 and he couldn’t beat Dementia at its game. He died peacefully at his home and I can’t help but think that maybe his family played the UNC alma mater for him one more time. His legacy reads: Coach Smith won two National Championships at UNC, an Olympic gold medal in 1976 and was inducted into basketball’s Hall of Fame. But during his tenure, he helped UNC desegregate its campus by recruiting the first African-American basketball player Charlie Scott. You may know him as the man who recruited Michael Jordan or Michael Jordan’s coach, but I would like to remember him as Mr. Carolina Blue.
Our prayers and deepest sympathies are with all of the families that lost great men that changed the way we look at the sports we love.