College football coach dies after Parkinson’s battle

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He really took the time to get to know everybody.”

Daniels wrote about how Horton came to his high school in Indiana to meet him and how he later helped ease the player’s cross-country move to North Carolina.

Their struggle with the disease also inspired Maura to make the lives of other Parkinson’s patients better.

Horton, 58, spent a decade coaching at Boston College and six years at North Carolina State University. “He was a guy that could be tough as a coach, but he’d ask how your family was doing.

One of the most emotional letters came from former Boston College player DuJuan Daniels, a national scout for the New England Patriots.

If you knew Horton or want to share a message, the family asks that you email walkermp@me.com.

“When I sat down with your dad that day at my school, I knew he was the coach that I wanted to follow,” he wrote to Horton’s daughters.

“They need to be who they are going to be but with the values that Don wanted them to have: education and perseverance.”

“He would be very proud of these young men for helping take care of his girls,” Maura Horton said.

Even after they parted ways, Daniels wrote, Horton called him twice a month in the 14 years that passed since his last game at Boston College.

What worries Horton’s wife most is whether Libby, 13, and Hadley, 8, will know who their father really was.

“I am happy to call you two my ‘little sisters.’ “

“I can assure you that your dad, Don Horton, had a heart of solid gold. It was his diagnosis that drove the Hortons to “complete the vision” of what their family was going to be, his wife said. The coach offered him career advice and treated him like “part of his family.”

One day, after an NC State game, Horton’s limited dexterity prevented him from being able to button his shirt. Many of the letters noted the same thing and suggested why: Horton believed in his players, or his men, as he called them.

Football wasn’t the only thing Horton cared about, he added: “He cared about school, he cared about your family, he cared about you, the kid he was welcoming into his family.

Hadley only knew him with this disease. “I feel very protective of the girls, and I want them to know how loved they were and how special he was, to be able to be those kind of human beings that will change the world, too.”

“We keep saying over and over we’re going to be all right. They sought in vitro fertilization, and Hadley was born.

A dozen or so former players sent the family letters describing what the coach meant to each of them.

When Zukauskas, now a high school football coach in Massachusetts, learned of Horton’s illness, he called the coach’s wife, Maura Horton, to see how he could help.

Zukauskas, Ricky Brown and Al Washington, all former players from Boston College, set up a GoFundMe page in April to raise money for hospital expenses and an education fund for Horton’s two daughters. I’m not going to give in,” the 46-year-old said between tears.

“I knew he would look after me, just like he promised my mom, sister and grandmother he would with me being hundreds and hundreds of miles away from the only place I had ever known,” Daniels wrote.. You two, along with your mom, Maura, are forever entrenched in it,” Daniels wrote.

When Daniels suffered a career-ending knee injury years later, Horton was there to support him, he said. When Horton went into a hospice home on May 15, family friend Melanie Walker offered a way for the girls to remember their father forever. One of his players, Russell Wilson, now quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks, quietly came over to help the coach.

The story left Horton embarrassed, but it inspired his wife to create MagnaReady, a line of shirts with magnetic buttons for people with disabilities.

In addition to her work as the MagnaReady CEO and fighting to raise Parkinson’s awareness, Maura Horton is fighting to keep the memory of her husband alive for her girls.

“With Coach Horton, it was the way he made us feel outside the meeting rooms and practice fields,” said former Cleveland Browns offensive lineman Paul Zukauskas. I’m not letting in, because it’ll just be me single parenting. As of Wednesday, the fund had raised more than $42,000 for the family.

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive lineman Gosder Cherilus and former New York Giants defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka are among Horton’s former players who have donated to the cause.

Horton’s wife hopes his legacy will be a lasting one, for their daughters and the world. He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2006 and retired from the football field in 2013. Ten years after his diagnosis, Horton died surrounded by his two daughters and his wife.

“In a football world where players are treated as numbers, you treated us as people, and stood out,” wrote Ryan Utzler, former running back at Boston College.

“People can make such a difference in such a short time in life,” she said. She asked friends, family and former players to write letters to Horton’s daughters, sharing their favorite memories of the coach.

Daniels said he felt safe and cared for

College Football: 5 Biggest Upsets From College Football’s Opening Weekend

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The Cavaliers dropped their home opener 37-20 against FCS opponent Richmond Spiders.

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The Cavaliers were simply outplayed in Bronco Mendenhall’s debut. Last season, they upset the Louisville Cardinals, this season, the Oklahoma Sooners are their latest victims.

The Aggies started their 2016 in the win column with an upset victory over Josh Rosen and the UCLA Bruins. 3 Oklahoma 33-23

The Cougars dominated the line of scrimmage all game, only allowing 70 rushing yards and sacking quarterback Baker Mayfield five times. Rosen threw three interceptions, including two by Aggies cornerback Justin Evans, in what was a forgettable start to his sophomore season.

The Aggies rushed for 203 yards and three touchdowns on the day. 16 UCLA 31-24 in Overtime

The Tigers dropped their first season opener since 2004.

. He threw for 321 passing yards and two passing touchdowns.

Next: Houston over Oklahoma

Richmond quarterback Kyle Lauletta led the way for the Spiders with 337 passing yards and three touchdowns. Knight, a graduate transfer from Oklahoma, threw one passing touchdown and ran for two touchdowns in the season opener.

Brandon Wilson’s 109 yard kick six return was also a key turn of events. 5 LSU 16-14

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It was not a good day for quarterback Brandon Harris or the LSU offense. Richmond over Virginia 37-20

Quarterback Trevor Knight, on the other hand, was spectacular for the Texas A&M Aggies in his debut. Harris threw two interceptions and couldn’t seem to put the Tigers in a position to win all game.

Richmond even managed to accumulate more first downs with 24, the Cavaliers had 19. The Spiders rushed for 187 rushing yards and passed for 337 yards through the air. was spectacular for the Cougars. It was the first victory for the Spiders against the Cavaliers since 1946.

3. Running back Trayveon Williams led the way with 94 rushing yards for the Aggies.

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5. Wisconsin over No. The Spiders scored twice before the Cavaliers ran an offensive play from scrimmage, which proved doom in the long run.

Things are off to a rocky start for the Virginia Cavaliers after opening weekend. One things for sure: It was a rough Week 1 for the SEC.

4. The game winning score came with 57 seconds left when Dallas Davis tossed a four yard strike to Gerald Everett in the back of the end zone.

Badgers’ kicker Rafael Gaglianone kicked three field goals, including a 47-yarder with 3:57 left in the fourth quarter which proved to be the game winner.

It was a wild opening weekend of College Football! Some teams saw their College Football Playoff chances put in jeopardy while others overcame impossible odds to win their season openers. The Sooners were attempting to take the lead with the Cougars up 19-17 before things went south.

Greg Ward Jr. 15 Houston over No. are forreal. If you saw the vicious cheap shot by Josh Boutte, you saw just how frustrating of a day it was for the Tigers.

Running back Leonard Fournette rushed for 138 yards but did not score a touchdown. No. The Cougars defense forced two fumbles as well.

The unranked Wisconsin Badgers upset the LSU Tigers and spoiled early Heisman hopes for the Leonard Fournette in the process.

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The Bulldogs had a chance for a victory on a field goal attempt by kicker Westin Graves from 28 yards out. The Cavaliers only managed 38 total rushing yards for the whole game and were outgained 524 to 302 total yards of offense.

1. However, Graves put it off the upright with 9 seconds left.

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The Aggies defense sacked Rosen fives time.

The Houston Cougars and Greg Ward Jr.

The South Alabama Jaguars were down 17-0 at halftime before scoring 21 points in the second half to shock the Bulldogs at home. Texas A&M over No. Their other score came on a pick six by cornerback Tre’Davious White.

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The Mississippi State Bulldogs were casualty number 1 in the SEC, dropping their season opener against FCS opponent South Alabama 21-20.

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The Spiders forced four turnovers in the game (3 fumbles and 1 interception) and came out the gates fast, jumping out to an early 13-0 lead.

2. South Alabama over Mississippi State 21-20

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The LSU Tigers only managed to score a touchdown on one offensive drive all game

Best College Football Players of All Time

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Barry Sanders (Oklahoma State): He easily won the Heisman trophy in 1986 while rushing for 2,628 yards. Walker had over 2,000 rushing and receiving total yards, 14 passing touchdowns and over 1,600 total pass yards.

8. Tim Tebow (Florida): The Florida Gators star quarterback has amazing statistics. In 1923, he won, The Helms Athletic Foundation Championship. Red passed for 575 yards and tossed three touch downs.

10. Grange had 2,071 rushing yards and over 900 yards from punt and kick off returns. John Elway (Stanford): He was an All American in 1982, and finished second in the running for The Heisman Trophy voting that same year. Archie Griffin (Ohio State): Griffin had a banner Junior year rushing for 1,695 yards and scored a total of 12 touch downs in 1974. Jackson had 43 rushing touchdowns and 4,303 total rushing yards in his four year college stint. Look at these numbers. Barry Sanders went on to play for the Detroit Lions as a running back and although he never won a Superbowl, he is widely considered one of the top running backs in Detroit Lions history.

9. Bo Jackson was fortunate to be a part of the winning Auburn Tigers for the Sugar Bowl and the Liberty Bowl and was the MVP of both football contests. He could run, jump, slide and score like no other quarterback could.

Please feel free to leave comments in the comments box at the bottom of this page because I love reading others’ opinions. Doak Walker (Southern Methodist University): In 1948, as a Junior he won the Heisman trophy and was a three time All America which is outstanding. What a player he was nominated three times for the Heisman winning it once in 2007. He passed the football for a very high 77 touchdowns and his yards for his four year career were outstanding with 9,349 passing yards. He is the only Two time Heisman trophy recipient and had some nice stats including 25 rushing scores and over five thousand career rushing yards.. That is to say he played offense and defense. Walker was a legend in his own time, he was another great and entertaining player. He has played all over the field including running back, punt returner and even quarterback. Herschel Walker (Georgia): Walker had statistics that can not be denied when he was the half back for the Georgia Bulldogs. I really enjoyed watching Woodson go on to play for the Oakland Raiders. He won the Heisman trophy in 1982 and he helped to defeat Notre Dame to win the Sugar Bowl. He rushed for 5, 259 yards in his three year NCAA playing days. He also had 49 rushing touchdowns. In the 80s John Elway was a household name. He helped Michigan go undefeated and win the National Championship He was a true defensive talent that helped him get 18 interceptions, 395 yards receiving and even two rushing scores. 88 passing touchdowns, 57 rushing touchdowns and 9, 285 passing yards to go along with 2,947 rushing yards. Also, tell me who you think the number 1 player in college football history is.

5. Bo Jackson (Auburn): Bo Jackson won the Heisman trophy in 1985 and he was the consensus All American in 1983 and again in 1985. He won the Holiday Bowl and had nice stats including: 3,556 rushing yards, 47 TD’s and over 1,400 yards from punt and kick returns. Red Grange (Illinois): Grange won All American honors three years in a row. Tim Tebow was one of my favorite college players to watch play. Thorpe had over three thousand yards on the ground, 330 passing yards and over 700 yards in kick off and punt returns.

7. He was a corner back, kick returner and a wide receiver. When he touched the ball you knew great things were going to happen.

6. He was a corner back and knocked downed lots of football passes and made lots of interceptions as well.

3. He won the Maxwell Award and he played lots of positions which is amazing. He played wide receiver and quarterback on occasion.

4. Jim Thorpe (Carlisle Indian): In 1911 and 1912 he was an All American and he led his team to a National Championship in 1912. He could do amazing thing when he touched a football.

2. He led his team to National Championships in 2006 and 2008. He was a half back, defensive back, kicker and punter. Charles Woodson (Michigan): In 1997 Woodson won the Heisman trophy playing Iron man for the Wolverines. Bo knows best.

1. You must have respect because Bo knows multiple sport success