My heart goes out to you during your time of loss. I grew up in Gadsden and supported Auburn because of my fathers love for AU!
Pat was one of my heroes..I listened to or watched AU football games with my father every Saturday. When Pat was a freshman, we listened to the AU vs UA game..Pat & Terry Beasley put on a show..AU won..the future was bright! In 1975, I walked on at AU..then was a G.A. on Coach Dyes staff in 1984..where I met Pat, who was the color analyst for AU Football broadcasts..such a genuine & talented person!
In the 90s, I was coaching at a high school in north Alabama and Pat was the head coach at TCU and was the guest speaker at The Huntsville QB Club and, as usual, did a great job! The following day, The Huntsville Times did an entire front page article on Pat..chronicling his playing and coaching career..I mailed it to him at TCU. Several weeks later, I received a hand written card from Pat..thanking me for the article and asking how everything was going with my team and my family. I also had the opportunity to hear Pat speak at a coaching clinic in Montgomery in the late 90s..he said there are several decisions that will have huge impacts on our lives..
1) spiritual..determines our purpose & eternity,
2) education..lays the foundation for our lives,
3) marriage..determines our happiness & legacy,
4) attitude..Coach Jordans 7 Ds for success.
Pat loved The Lord, his family, Auburn University, his friends, his players and coaches, and the game of football! He was a man of honor and integrity who experienced much success, but yet remained humble and loyal to those who influenced him..he will be greatly missed! I pray that your strong faith and your many positive memories of Pat will give you strength today and in the days to come..bring you peace and encouragement..as his legacy lives on in each of you!