I reference my dad a lot on here. He's the reason I'm sitting here typing these words. In a few weeks it will be 25 years since he passed away suddenly in 1993. So whenever I know about a similar story, I want to share it. And Dre Brown was kind enough to share his story.
I've said before that I'm hyper-sensative on Dad's Day. I remember how great Dad's Day was in 1991-1993 and how awful it was in 1994 and 1995 without my dad. So whenever I see the players dads wearing their sons jerseys, I think about the players who have lost their dad. That has to be impossibly hard, right? To do the Illini walk with all your teammates and your dad? I know that most players have a fill-in, which is great, but still - has to be really hard.
I noticed that Dre pointed to the sky after his long touchdown today. So I waited around (he was mobbed by several reporters) to talk to him one-on-one about it. You know the "two ACL injuries" side of the Dre Brown story, but you might not know the "lost his dad when he was eight" side of his story. I talked to him before hitting record and he said he was open to talking about it.
Yes, the point to the sky was for his dad. Yes, he had someone walk with him today - his father-in-law (Dre got married over the summer to Lindsay). I guess I can just stop writing and let Dre tell you the story.