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Tom Edrington spent the first 10 years of his misguided youth as a sports writer for the Tampa Tribune. His career brought him face to face with many of sports greatest stars -- Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Muhammad Ali, Don Shula, countless Hall of Fame NFL stars, more PGA Tour players than he can count. In 1980 he was honored by the Golf Writers Association of America for writing the best news story that year, his coverage of Jack Nicklaus' U.S. Open victory at Baltusrol. Today, 36 years later, golf is still a great part of his life, thanks to competitive playing days and the wonderful people he has met on this fabulous journey.

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    baxter cepeda

    What a tragic day.
    As a teenager I made my family get to the Forum to watch one of Kobe’s first preseason games ever.
    I remember knowing —like everyone else except maybe the brass in Charlotte— this was a bona fide super star.
    For many years all I watched was Tiger and golf or Kobe and Basketball.
    Watching Shaq and Kobe was so much fun.
    Like with Tiger, I was able to forgive Kobe’s infidelity chapter but for so many years held resentment over the Lakers break up…certainly an event like this puts things in perspective.
    The perspective is Im an idiot.
    The sports world is reminding me over and over why I was so Inspired by this Kobe. Kobe was so inspiring he inspired Tiger Woods.
    Kobe was tough on teammates.
    He often did not share the ball. His justification was clear, these guys were not prepared to the best of their abilities; so he had to do it.
    The thing Kobe will forever be remembered for is that work ethic. Kobe was the man that even when he was “the man” he practiced harder than anyone when no one was watching.
    This work ethic what sports is all about. Kobe never did not give it his all. He was special for a lot of reasons but that work ethic is truly legendary.
    He was one of my heroes and will forever. It is sad it took this tragedy to Put aside silly resentment (over he break up) and remind me of one of my role models.
    RIP Kobe.
    From greats like Tiger to young athletes learning about him today, Kobe certainly left a mark.
    RIP Kobe, Gianna, and everyone else on that chopper.
    My prayers are with everyone.

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      Tom Edrington

      Kobe’s accidental death reminds us we are all vulnerable humans, even the rich and famous…..I’m hoping he didn’t coerce the pilot to fly in bad conditions….that helicopter should never have left they ground and they should have taken a limo to the facility…..will be interesting to see what the investigation concludes…..also, the sad fact is Kobe’s estate will be hit with some major wrongful death lawsuits due to that crash…

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        baxter cepeda

        Hopefully Kobe’s wife takes care of the other families.
        But I don’t see how Kobe has any fault. Even if he pestered to fly it’s the pros responsibility to make the call. They had an established relationship so it wasn’t like the pilot was star struck and under pressure.
        It’s just one of those things.
        Helicopters crash in Hawaii all the time.
        I have choppers on the same level as motorcycles…avoid. Avoid. Avoid.


          Tom Edrington

          I was sitting with a PI attorney this week, asked about it….he said the wrongful death lawsuits will be “HUGE”

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