Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney is usually one of the most fun-loving and passionate guys around. However, when he learned of the passing of former teammate Kevin Turner, his demeanor changed, especially when he gave a speech at his funeral on Sunday.
Swinney played with Turner during their time at Alabama and the latter lost a battle with ALS just recently. The emotional speech centered around Turner and his son Nolan, a safety who committed to Clemson in January.
“There’s many things in life that I can’t understand, but God paints a canvas that’s bigger than we can see. His plan is perfect,” Swinney said. “One day your body will be healed, you will run and jump and you will have no struggles. I believe that with all my heart…We will all die, but our purpose is to glorify God. K.T., you’re an amazing person, father and example to me. Keep fighting to change lives. Your legacy will live forever through your kids and others. Don’t ever give up. I want you to know that I’ll be there for your kids…Do not be worried about that. I got your back.”
You can watch the entire video of the emotional speech below and it truly shows how much Turner meant to Swinney.
This is a side of Dabo Swinney we have never seen before.
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