The death of Pat Summitt, the legendary women’s basketball coach at age 64 has brought forth an outpouring of tributes and remembrances on Twitter and other social media. Fellow sports figures, former players, celebrities, public figures and fans alike are remembering the Tennessee coach. Here’s what’s being said.
Just a day after the family of Pat Summitt revealed she had taken a turn for the worst news broke that she had passed away. The legendary coach was just 64 years old. She was diagnosed at age 59 with early onset dementia, “Alzheimer’s type.” Going public with the diagnosis, she went on to fight a courageous and inspiring battle against the deadly affliction.
As CNN reports, in the written statement announcing her death, her son Tyler Summitt said of his mother that she took on Alzheimer’s with “”fierce determination just as she did with every opponent she ever faced.”
Continuing, he added, “Even though it’s incredibly difficult to come to terms that she is no longer with us, we can all find peace in knowing she no longer carries the heavy burden of this disease.”
Before her final battle, Pat Summitt had long ago cemented her legacy and made sports history as winningest coach in the NCAA Division 1, male or female, during her 38 years as coach at the University of Tennessee. The statistics are quite amazing.
During her tenure, Tennessee won a grand total of 1,098 games and eight national titles. Tennessee also made an astonishing total of 31 consecutive appearances in the NCAA Tournament.
She announced the Alzheimer’s diagnosis, saying in part, “This is not a pity party. We’re not going to sit here and feel sorry for Pat Summitt.” A year later, she received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPN ESPY Awards and President Obama honored her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Many in the sports world are remembering her and paying tribute to her astonishing accomplishments and her exemplary life. Here’s a roundup of what’s being said.
— Lady Vol Basketball (@LadyVol_Hoops) June 28, 2016
Statement from Peyton Manning on the passing of Pat Summitt. pic.twitter.com/M9AJ7UlWpi
— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) June 28, 2016
Rest in Peace Pat Summitt pic.twitter.com/WQpGX7xRsH
— Sean Payton (@SeanPayton) June 28, 2016