Last week, former Alabama and NFL running back Kevin Turner passed away at the age of 46 after a battle with ALS. Turner was laid to rest over the weekend, and Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney, his friend and former teammate, spoke at the service.
Swinney shared a moving text exchange between himself and Turner. It centers around Turner's son Nolan, a high school safety who committed to Clemson in January.
"Let me be realistic for a moment. Most likely I won't see Nolan graduate and there's nothing that you could have told me that would have made me happier than telling me that a man of your character and integrity was going to be there for my son after I'm gone. I'm not scared of dying, but not being there for my kids terrifies me," Turner said.
"There's many things in life that I can't understand, but God paints a canvas that's bigger than we can see. His plan is perfect," Swinney said. "One day your body will be healed, you will run and jump and you will have no struggles. I believe that with all my heart...We will all die, but our purpose is to glorify God. K.T., you're an amazing person, father and example to me. Keep fighting to change lives. Your legacy will live forever through your kids and others. Don't ever give up," Swinney read. "I want you to know that I'll be there for your kids...Do not be worried about that. I got your back."
Swinney also showed off his sense of humor and shared more love for Turner. It was an incredibly poignant moment.
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[ TigerNet.com ]