The comments below are “borrowed” without permission, but it is on a semipublic blog at CaringBridge and is worth sharing. Randy McFarlin last week was released from ICU (from November 28 and the car crash) and is in onsite rehab at East Texas Medical Center, Tyler, Texas. He is a career teacher and presently head football coach at Whitehouse High School. Our daughter-in-law, Crystal, recently posted this observation about her father:
Wherever a football coach goes, he leaves a papertrail: wins and losses, offers or championships, the numbers tell the story of a season. Sometimes the paper trail makes him a hero, and sometimes it runs him out of town. When others measure the quality of a football coach, his wins and losses lead the way.
Over the past 6 weeks, we have had the privilege of seeing not the paper trail, but the people trail that my dad has left behind in 30 years of coaching. Men and women that he has known and cared for at every stage of his career have called, visited, and left messages for my dad. This is not the legacy that will be printed in the paper. This is not the legacy that prompts a promotion. But this is the only legacy that reaches beyond his lifetime. This is the legacy that lasts.
Now don’t get me wrong, when the final buzzer sounds, my dad wants to win the game. But the way he plays, he already has.
His legacies have legs.