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Bama, UT Say Goodbye To Douglas

The family of former Alabama and Tennessee offensive lineman Aaron Douglas held a “celebration of life” service in Knoxville on Sunday night.  Representatives from both schools — and about 2,000 people total – showed up to pay their respects to the player who passed away in Fernandina Beach, Florida last week.

Those in attendance included:

* Nick Saban, Phillip Fulmer and Johnny Majors — who coached Aaron’s father David at Tennessee.  Derek Dooley and Duke head coach David Cutcliffe were also there.  (CORRECTION — Dooley was not in attendance at the funeral as was initially reported.)

* Alabama AD Mal Moore, offensive coordinator Jim McElwain, offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland, and former O-line coach Joe Pendry.

* Tennessee linebackers coach Lance Thompson, and former UT D-line coach Dan Brooks — now at Clemson.

* Former Tennessee assistant Steve Caldwell — now at Arkansas — could not attend the service so he flew into the Knoxville area Saturday to visit with Douglas’ family.

* Former Douglas teammates at Tennessee and Alabama were in attendance.  At least 30 members of the Tide football team carpooled up for the service.  That’s in addition to the two planes worth of Alabama representatives who attended… including those mentioned above.

In the words of Cecil Hurt of The Tuscaloosa News, “Let’s hope that something good will come from a service where two teams — and may more family members and friends — remember Aaron Douglas, and the good parts of a life that was too short.”

For all of the name-calling and ugliness that sports can sometimes give birth to, it’s important to remember that in the end — we’re talking about games.  About entertainment. 

Perhaps Douglas’ death (coupled with the tragic tornadoes that hit Tuscaloosa) can help to cool some of the nastiness in some parts of the SEC for at least a little while. 

 


2 comments
adam
adam

From what I have heard Aaron had a big heart. My thoughts and prayer to the Douglas family. Their a great family!

Guest
Guest

Cue the ESPN insider report that 30 members of the Alabama football team skipped a day of offseason workouts and their spots on the depth chart are up for grabs.

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