He is a legend because he taught me how to ride a bike. He is a legend because he showed me how to break in a new baseball glove, to hit a curve ball and throw a spiral. And because, to me, he was the strongest man in the world, and no matter how hard I tried, I could never beat him in our living room wrestling matches. He is a legend because he taught me how to be humble in victory and gracious in defeat. And because he instilled in me the value of outworking your competition, especially when you appear to be over-matched. He is a legend because he urged me to fully consider the choices I make in life. “Choose wisely,” he would say. Finally, he is a legend to me because even though he won two national championships, spent 18 years on the sidelines and in the booth as a broadcaster and shared the stage with Billy Graham, all he ever wanted was to be a good dad. And that, to me, is legendary.
You’re my hero, Dad.
I love you.
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