Sunday, December 02, 2012

An Original

He still holds everyone’s respect more than thirty years after bursting upon the national scene. I can think of no other athlete of which this is true.

He was always true to himself, he was always true to his family, he was always true to the sport, and he was always true to the fans.

The man was sui generis.

His like will not come again.

For his sake, I am pleased that his retirement has been so fulfilling and so productive. He knew what he wanted to do after he left the game—and he went out and fulfilled a second dream.

Such good fortune could not have happened to a nicer guy.

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