Another legend taken too soon. We have lost a legend, an icon and an OG in the game of basketball — Pat Summitt. People around the globe are devastated over her passing and have taken to Twitter to express their love and memories of the late coach.
Pat Summitt, 64 died following a hard-fought battle against early onset dementia, ‘Alzheimer’s Type.’ The winningest coach in NCAA history, male or female, was battling the disease for years, and was surrounded by loved ones at the time of her passing. Now, former players, celebrities and fans are taking to Twitter to remember her. See the tweets.
Twitter is flooded with tweets mourning Pat’s loss. Friends, former players, colleagues, sports analysts, athletes, fans and celebrities are all spreading their memories and love for the sports legend.
“My heart is broken. Pat & I shared a very special, special BOND that will NEVER be broken! I love u Pat!,” Holly Warlick, current Head coach for The University of Tennessee Lady Volunteers, tweeted. Holly formerly played for Tennessee under Pat, and then became her longtime assistant. She took over the team after Pat stepped down as head coach.
My heart is broken. Pat & I shared a very special, special BOND that will NEVER be broken! I love u Pat!
— Holly Warlick (@HollyWarlick) June 28, 2016
Ann Myers Drysdale, Pat’s former teammate and Vice President of the Phoenix Suns & Mercury said, “Love & Prayers for one of the greatest teammates @patsummit,” when she took to her Twitter to express her condolences.
— Ann Meyers Drysdale (@AnnMeyers) June 26, 2016
“I will treasure the time I spent with Pat Summitt..especial at her home in Knoxville. The laughter and the lesson about living life to the fullest. Bless you, Pat,” Robin Roberts, 55, wrote as a caption on a photo of her and the basketball coach posted to Instagram and Twitter.
I will treasure the time I spent with Pat Summitt..especially at her home in Knoxville. The… https://t.co/nW5msJc5ve
— Robin Roberts (@RobinRoberts) June 28, 2016
The record-breaking coach was fiercely known for her “icy stare” she would give players from the sidelines, and it was a staple in her hardworking, dedicated personality. To this day, the “stare” is spoken about — even by former football players who haven’t met Pat; Take Desmond Howard, who wrote, “I never met the hard working farm girl turned hoops coach Pat Summitt. I always respected her grind & hustle and LOVED the ‘icy stare.’ RIP.”
I never met the hard working farm girl turned hoops coach Pat Summitt. I always respected her grind & hustle and LOVED the 'icy stare.' RIP
— Desmond Howard (@DesmondHoward) June 28, 2016
Pat, who announced in August 2011 that she had been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s, recently took a turn for the worse in recent days. The Pat Summit Foundation — a site Pat herself, launched is dedicated to informing people about the disease through research and education, as well as provides services to patients and caregivers. An Alzheimer’s Clinic is set to open in her name at the University of Tennessee medical center.
Pat’s passion for basketball and coaching is proved by her continued success through the years. Coaching Tennessee to eight national championships in her 38 seasons, Pat racked up 1,098 victories, making that the most in D1 college basketball history for a men or women’s coach, ESPN highlighted.
In April 2012, President Barack Obama, 54, announced Pat as the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and in same year, the sporting legend went on to become a recipient of the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. ESPN recognized her successes in July 2013 in a documentary titled, “Pat XO.”
— Tasha Butts LSU (@TashaButts) June 27, 2016
RIP Pat Summitt. A legend and personal hero of mine for many many years. #sadday
— Abby Wambach (@AbbyWambach) June 28, 2016
Thank you Pat for teaching me to be fearless with grace and humility. Thank you for being a mentor to so many.
— Mia Hamm (@MiaHamm) June 28, 2016
— NOTRE DAME WBB (@ndwbb) June 26, 2016
#RIP Pat Summit & Buddy Ryan, architects of their prospective sports. They epitomized hard work & tenacity. I pray Peace over their families
— Deion Sanders (@DeionSanders) June 28, 2016
Heart is heavy 😢 RIP Coach Summitt thank you for all that you done for the women's game. Truly a legend 🙏🏽👼🏼 #RIP
— A'ja Wilson (@_ajawilson22) June 28, 2016
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