SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: Many kinds of teammates

Published: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at 11:30 PM.

Teammates can be the people we go to church with, those we work with, or friends we've made along the way. I've also come to think of the coaches, players and fans who make up the News Bulletin’s readership as being teammates of sorts.

I'm constantly amazed and blessed by the kind words of support and prayer so many of you have offered in recent weeks as I've entered this difficult period.

Many of you have made this old Gulf Breeze Dolphin and Tennessee Volunteer feel as if I was born a part of Team Crestview, Team Baker or Team Laurel Hill.

Words can't thank each of you enough for standing in the gap with me at this time.

The 17th century British poet John Donne wrote, "No man is an island entire of itself. Each is a piece of the continent, a part of the main."

I am blessed to be joined to many wonderful teammates, past and present, who have come into my life from countless different paths and who continue to be willing to help pick me up.

Randy Dickson is the Crestview News Bulletin’s sports editor. Email him at, tweet him @BigRandle, or call 682-6524.

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