Red Dawson: Meeting Former Marshall Coach an Emotional Experience

Russell WightAnalyst IJune 8, 2009

HOUSTON - NOVEMBER 17:  The Marshall Thundering Herd hold a rope as they walk down the ramp to take the field for the game with the Houston Cougars at Robertson Stadium November 17, 2007 in Houston, Texas. Houston won 35-28.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Marshall University's Great American Thunderfest kicked off yesterday in Cincinnati. Fans, friends, and alumni gathered at Great American Ball Park to watch and/or participate in numerous activities.

Former Marshall star and current Bengals' safety Chris Crocker threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

As far as I am concerned, the highlight of the day came as my family was having lunch at the Machine Room.

We were sitting at a table overlooking leftfield. Just as we were finishing our food and gathering our stuff, a man leans over and asks if we are fixin' to leave. At first, I did not recognize the man. He asked my son's name, then proceeded to sign a picture and hand it to him. I looked at the photo.

Red Dawson.

I shook his hand and said what a pleasure it was to meet him. He could not have been nicer.

If you have never seen the movie, We Are Marshall, check it out. If you do not know the story, prepare to be immersed in a tremendously emotional journey.