Let me tell you I was stunned when Tina Cox put on a video at my “retirement” party Friday and the first person on the screen was Dick Vitale with a moving tribute that touched me deeply. I thought, “How could this get any better?” But it did.
Former Miss Kentucky USA Maria Montgomery Record had me near tears with her words. She continues to be an inspiration for everyone here.
Troy coach Neal Brown was someone I watched in middle school, high school and college as a player and now follow as a coach. There’s no one I respect or trust more than Neal. I did cry a bit as he talked.
Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry of Montgomery Gentry not only did a video, but did so from the Grand Ole Opry where a few years ago they invited me to be there when they went into the Hall of Fame. Not only that, but they sent several text messages during the night. Amazing!
Finally, my buddy for many, many years — Alan Cutler — closed the video by showing that soft, caring side of himself that not everyone gets to see. Again, he did make me cry.
But the whole night was that way and the pictures at the end of the video that Tina Cox put together, especially the ones with my father, really touched me and she knew to have Montgomery Gentry’s “My Town” playing in the background because that’s the song I want played at my funeral.
I could go on and on … and probably will.
But hopefully you’ll enjoy this video just a little bit as much as I did Friday night.