Ed Odeven Reporting

This column appeared in the Arizona Daily Sun on June 14, 2003.

Fathers help pave the way for some greats in sports

By Ed Odeven

I devoted the space in last year’s Father’s Day column to giving y’all some of the memories from my childhood and of my dad. I decided to do things differently this year and compile a collection of memories from others in the sports world.

So over the past two weeks I sent out about 50 e-mails and asked coaches, ex-pro athletes, columnists and front-office personnel to reflect on their dads, their sports memories growing up and how their dads shaped their careers in sports.

The comments I received were excellent, I’ve gotta say. I wish I had the space to publish them all in their entirety, but due to space constraints I’ve selected the best of the best. Here’s hoping you enjoy reading the following…

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