Former Harris County, Georgia football coach, educator lives on in hearts and minds of community

Former Harris County, Georgia football coach, educator lives on in hearts and minds of community


[MUSIC] He just wanted the best for everybody, he always said, there’s never a bad kid, there’s just bad situations and stupid decisions. Everybody needs somebody there,
and that was him most of the time.>>Danny’s family,
he has six brothers and sisters and one sister that his family adopted,
and all of them are in ministry. The girls either married a minister,
or the men are in ministry. And somebody asked him and he goes, my ministry is the school, and that’s where I’m called to be. [MUSIC] Right after, so many people just texted
messages, hey, I’m here for you, or stories. Like, hey, I know this is hard, but
and then telling me a funny story, or something that happened. I feel so much support at the school,
because I spend so much time here. And spent so much time here even
before I came to school here, that all the people are like family. [MUSIC] When I looked up after the funeral and saw his players from that
team in Franklin County. The first couple of teams,
it was incredible that they were there because that was 2002 and
it was 2018. These were grown men with families. And one of the things that I asked was,
write me a letter. Or just write me a memory about Danny or
something that I can share with my kids. And so my grandkids will know
who their grandfather was. Not for me, I mean, I had him,
the funeral service was on Sunday and Tuesday afternoon I had letters from them. I mean, they went,
I think maybe one and nine that year. And they said, and
he didn’t let us hold our head down. We walked away with so much more than just football. [MUSIC] [BLANK_AUDIO]

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