SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: Dad made all the difference

Published: Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 05:16 PM.

I know when a Tennessee football game is on TV in a few weeks that I'll instinctively reach for the phone to call Dad and discuss the game’s ebb and flow.

When I have a question about spiritual things, I'll miss his wise counsel.

I've been told that most fathers and sons don't connect at the emotional level that Dad and I did. I have friends that have never heard their dad tell them how much they love them.

I never doubted in word or deed the depth of love Dad had for me and will continue to have forever.

There will be no more games of catch and no more phone calls, but Jim Dickson will remain my guiding light for the rest of my life.

Dad was one of a kind — the finest kind.

I will miss my role model, hero and friend until I see him again in Heaven.

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