Well, I've been out of the country for the past 9 days with no internet and really no access to any news. When I returned today I was shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of Mal Moore.
I only met Coach Moore a couple of times and really just had those "How you doing Coach?" type conversations. Like everyone else I found Mal Moore to be one of the nicest men you'd ever want to meet.
Often times important people have a tendency to seem a little annoyed by everyday people crowding into their busy lives, but Mal Moore never gave anyone that impression. Why? Probably because Mal Moore never considered himself to be more important than anyone else- and therein lies the secret to the man's success. He treated people with respect. It sounds like a simple thing, but very few actually do it because the further you climb in life the more difficult it is to remain humble. Mal Moore remained a humble man.
Plenty has been written about his accomplishments, but I think his greatest accomplishments were the way he loved his wife and way he treated people. I'm glad he got Nick Saban to Alabama and I'm glad he enlarged the stadium. I am excited about the various National Championships we have recently won, but at the end of the day what people will really remember is how you treated others.
Thank you Coach Moore for giving us all an example to follow.