I'm sorry for the loss of The Collingsworth Family. I've followed Mr. Abraham Lincoln Collingsworth's son, Cris since he was a wide receiver for the Florida Gators and watched him play in the NFL for the Cincinnati Bengals. He was a gangly player and at 6'5" and now, I know where he gets his height! I was listening to the Monday Night Football broadcast tonight between my Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles and as always, I enjoy Cris' color commentating along with Al Michaels on Sunday Night Football.
This night was different. I had never heard him talk about his father and he referenced him and the type of discipline he had gotten from playing basketball for Adolph Rupp at The University of Kentucky and winning a national championship in basketball in 1958. That intrigued me because I never knew that and I'm a sports buff. I knew that Pat Riley played for Coach Rupp in 1966, so I Googled "Collingsworth Kentucky basketball" and I found the name "Abraham Lincoln Collingsworth". I was astonished; such a distinguished name!
Then, I saw something heartbreaking; (1936-2012). I then realized that just like I had over two years ago, Cris had lost his father only six weeks ago! It was quite a blow because in mentioning his father tonight, he spoke with such pride and reverence, but he did not allude to the fact that his dad has left this life. I also have lost a sibling, so I feel even closer to Cris after better understanding both of these losses in his life.
I've always respected his perspective, how he shares his craft with the viewing audience and now, I respect that he's passing it on from whence he learned it; from his father. I pray that Mr. Abraham Lincoln Collingsworth's legacy be carried forward by his wife, his son, Cris, his daughter-in-law, Holly, and his four beautiful grandchildren that I'm sure adored him so. I thank God for your well-lived life and for instilling good things in Cris' life and those whose lives you touched in your circle.
Now, your voice resonates through Cris over the airwaves as he does something he loves and through his audible expressions about the game of football, we too can better enjoy what we not only see through our eyes, but also simultaneously through his. Mr. Collingsworth, I pray that you and your son, Greg are reunited and revoicing with God!